Liverpool have an academy system to be proud of. The Reds have produced some diamonds down the years with Trent Alexander-Arnold the most recent superstar to graduate from the youth system. We’ve got another wonderkid to keep our eye on. Liverpool youngster Oakley Cannonier scored a hat-trick v Manchester United U18s this weekend.
Who is Oakley Cannonier?
You already know who Oakley Cannonier is.
You may not know that you know but, well, you know him. You’ve seen his face a million times before.
It was Oakley Cannonier who threw the ball to Trent Alexander-Arnold within seconds of the ball going out of play when we were playing Barcelona.
That’s right, he was the ball boy that helped us score that goal. That winning goal against Barca.
Now 17-years-old, the teenager signed his first professional deal in July.
A versatile attacker he can play just about anywhere across the front three or as a deeper number 10.
Oakley Cannonier hat-trick v Manchester United U18s
This weekend saw the young Reds take on our fierce rivals.
Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s side ran out convincing winners, beating United 5-0.
The victory was made all the sweeter by the fact that the kids did it away from home.
Oakley Cannonier scored a hat-trick against Manchester United U18s and he was joined on the score sheet by midfielder Luca Stephenson and centre back Terence Miles.
What RTK has to say
This just got very real.
This lad may not be remembered just for being that ball boy. He may well have a future in the first team.
The Athletic reported earlier this month that he’s earning quite the reputation in the academy with some likening him to Philippe Coutinho due to his low centre of gravity and lethal finishing.
Scoring a hat-trick against United is certainly one way to get people to sit up and take notice and we have done just that.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on the youngster’s performances this season.