Liverpool Ball Boy, 14, Who Assisted Trent Alexander-Arnold Corner Vs. Barcelona Scores His First Goal For U18s
Liverpool's 14-year-old ball boy hero Oakley Cannonier has already scored his first goal for the U18s.
The young lad shot to fame after his quick thinking allowed Trent Alexander-Arnold to take a rapid corner-kick to set-up Divock Origi for Liverpool's fourth goal against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final.
Liverpool ball boy Oakley Cannonier's quick thinking to tee-up Trent Alexander-Arnold for THAT corner could take on even more significance one day...
The 14-year-old bagged his first goal of pre-season for Liverpool U18s yesterday.
Remember the name :eyes:pic.twitter.com/qOMBOsCwez
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) July 11, 2019
Cannonier is now doing the business as a player. He scored his first goal for Liverpool U18s in a pre-season friendly against Burton Albion.
The Reds won 4-0 with Cannonier getting on the score-sheet. Jake Cain (2) and Niall Brookwell also scored for Barry Lewtas' side.
Nice story from the #LFC academy today. Oakley Cannonier, the ball boy whose quick thinking allowed Alexander-Arnold to tee up Origi for the fourth against Barcelona, scored his first goal for the U18s as they beat Burton Albion 4-0 in a friendly.
- David Lynch (@LynchStandard) July 10, 2019
:red_circle: ' Oakley Cannonier - the ball boy that quickly gave the ball to Trent Alexander-Arnold to cross it to Divock Origi for THAT famous goal against Barcelona, scored his 1st goal for the LFC U-18s today! :clap::soccer: pic.twitter.com/rvUOpsobMU
- Steven Gerrard (@Gerrard8FanPage) July 10, 2019
Cannonier's crucial part in Liverpool's dramatic win over Barcelona got everyone talking including ex-Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho who praised his stunning effort.
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"You want a quick throw-in, the ball boy needs to know that you want a quick throw-in. The ball needs to arrive fast. The goal-kicks, the tempo of the game, the ball boys can also play a part in a good structure," he said.
"I was a ball boy, a top ball boy... when I was a ball boy, I even knew where the players wanted the ball for a corner, so they didn't need to touch the ball.
"A real football club, every detail is very, very important. In this game, the kid, very intelligent, very bright.
"I don't know if he is an academy player or not, but the kid knew what he was going to do.
"Then [Trent] Alexander-Arnold, he read the situation fantastically well. Young kid, Champions League semi-final, tired, 80 minutes of football. He saw everything.
"And then of course, Origi, he could have put the ball over the bar, it's not easy, but he put it there [in the goal]."
Oakley Cannonier. Remember the name.