At 17, Oakley Cannonier signed his first professional contract with Liverpool on Wednesday. Trained at the club, he distinguished himself during the historic comeback against FC Barcelona in May 2019. As a ball collector, he contributed to the qualifying goal of Divock Origi, on a corner from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
His name doesn’t ring a bell, but Oakley Cannonier has already marked recent history for Liverpool, who is only 17 years old. He will even have the opportunity in the next few years, if his progress is good enough, to play in the first team with the Reds. But in a way, he had already contributed to the final victory in the 2019 Champions League final.
Remember in the Champions League semi-final second leg between Liverpool and Barcelona. After a 3-0 first leg win at Camp Nou, Jürgen Klopp’s players had to reverse the situation at Anfield. On the fourth goal, Trent Alexander-Arnold had drawn quickly from a corner, to serve Divock Origi (79th).
At that time, Liverpool were leading 3-0 and had recovered from their delay against the Catalans. On the corner of Trent Alexander-Arnold, a 14-year-old ball collector had given the ball very quickly to the English side. This side is therefore Oakley Cannonier who signed a first professional contract with Liverpool on Wednesday.
“Skillful” striker, Oakley Cannonier represented the English selection in the youth categories. The English press revealed in May 2019 that Liverpool’s quick corner action was premeditated, thanks to video analysis which noted the distraction of Barcelona players. Oakley Cannonier had learned the lesson well, the native of Leeds then quickly served Trent Alexander-Arnold for a perfect shot. It is now up to Cannonier to prove his worth on the ground to further contribute to Liverpool’s success.