Liverpool’s hero ballboy against Barcelona scores first goal for club
Hero ballboy who helped Liverpool score fourth goal in famous fightback against Barcelona nets first goal for club in U18s pre-season win
- Ballboy who helped Liverpool score against Barcelona nets first goal for the club
- Oakley Cannonier threw ball to Trent Alexander-Arnold to set up Divock Origi
- The 14-year-old scored for Liverpool U18s in a 4-0 pre-season win over Burton
The sharp-thinking ballboy who helped Liverpool score their fourth goal in the remarkable comeback win over Barcelona has now scored his first goal for the club.
Liverpool’s plan to overturn a three-goal deficit against Barcelona was so meticulous that the ballboys were given a video presentation on how they could help Jurgen Klopp’s team and it paid off.
Oakley Cannonier, 14, who plays for one of the club’s youth teams, threw a replacement ball he was already holding straight to Trent Alexander-Arnold to allow him to take the quick corner that enabled Divock Origi to score and wrap up the victory.
Liverpool’s hero ballboy Oakley Cannonier (circled) has scored his first goal for the club
Cannonier, who plays for U16s, threw ball to Trent Alexander-Arnold to cross for Divock Origi
The win saw Liverpool book their place in the Champions League final, which they went on to win 2-0 against Tottenham.
Oakley gained instant hero status for his part in the famous fightback and is now well on his way to becoming a legend for the club on the pitch.
The U16s player has notched his first goal for the club by netting the opener for Liverpool U18s as they won their first pre-season friendly game against Burton Albion 4-0 at the Academy on Wednesday afternoon.
Alexander-Arnold was able to take a quick corner thanks to Cannonier’s sharp-thinking
Origi converted from close to seal Liverpool’s famous fightback against Barcelona
Jake Cain made it 2-0 with a superb free-kick, Niall Brookwell added the third in an excellent team move before Cain completed the rout with another brilliant low-drilled free-kick.
Manager Barry Lewtas told Liverpoolfc.com: ‘It was good to give the boys their first minutes of pre-season and it was a pleasing performance.
‘Jake scored two great free-kicks and he and Leighton Clarkson are capable of doing that for us.
‘We had a lot of first-year scholars and it was good to give them a first experience at U18 level.’
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