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Liverpool Ball Boy and Champions League Legend Scores First Goal For the Club

The quick-thinking Liverpool academy product who played a part in the winning Champions League goal against Barcelona scored his first goal for the U18.


Does anyone remember this goal?

Anybody? No? Well as you give it another look to see if it jogs any memories, take notice at how the clip starts. With the mighty Barcelona 78 minutes and three goals into a historic Champions League semifinal beat down at the hands of Liverpool and a relentless Anfield, local lad Trent Alexander-Arnold wins a corner, pinging the ball off Sergi Roberto’s shin and out of bounds.

Aware that the flying Reds, mere minutes removed form erasing the visitors’ three goal first leg advantage through a thumping Gini Wijnaldum header, had the momentum on their side, a Liverpool ball boy can be seen on the right of the screen quickly tossing Alexander-Arnold the ball so he can take the corner kick as fast as possible.

The rest, as they say, is obviously history. Every detail of that sequence will be etched in Liverpool history forever, including the sharp youngster, one Oakley Cannonier, who’s quick thinking played a part in Liverpool lifting their sixth European Cup.

Let’s watch it again as a quick refresher:

And now—because the #narrative is just so irresistible—Cannonier has scored his first goal for the U18s. He’s only 14 years old. The Reds defeated Burton Albion 4-0 in a preseason friendly with Jake Cain (2) and Niall Brookwell also scoring for Barry Lewtas’ side.

Things didn’t turn out so bad the last time a Liverpool ball boy rose through the academy and (hopefully in Cannonier’s case) into the first team; here’s to lightning striking twice.

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