The Liverpool ball boy who set up Trent Alexander-Arnold's corner vs Barcelona - where is he now?

May 7, 2019, will always be one of the greatest days in Liverpool’s history.

The Reds needed a miracle to overcome Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final second leg tie at Anfield.

They were second best throughout in the first leg, losing 3-0. But Liverpool produced a miraculous comeback to win 4-0 and reach the final.

Their fourth goal on the night, scored by Divock Origi, came after a quickly taken corner by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Alexander-Arnold spotted Barcelona’s players out of position and crossed perfectly for Origi, who scored from a few yards out.

But the goal wouldn’t have been possible without the actions of Liverpool’s ball boy, Oakley Cannonier.

The ball went out of play and Cannonier almost immediately provided Alexander-Arnold with another, allowing the right-back and Origi to catch Barca’s players off guard.

But what has happened to Cannonier since then?

It turns out the youngster, now 17 years old, is showing great promise.

Cannonier, a striker, scored his first goal for Liverpool’s under 18s just months after his actions in the Champions League semi-final.

He’s continued to kick on and, at the start of the season, he signed his first professional contract at the club.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 07: Divock Origi of Liverpool (27) celebrates as he scores his team’s fourth goal with Xherdan Shaqiri and team mates during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield on May 07, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

And he has justified Liverpool’s decision to give him that contract. According to Transfermarkt, Cannonier has scored 19 goals in just 16 U18 Premier League games this campaign.

He’s clearly a goal machine and on Wednesday, his incredible form in front of goal continued as he netted twice for Liverpool U19s as they beat Sporting Lisbon 2-1 today in the Al Abtal Cup.

YouTube user PBComps recently posted a video of his highlights this season and it shows just how good the youngster is.

Cannonier spoke to Liverpool’s official website earlier this year and he reflected on the game against Barcelona nearly three years ago.

He said: “Liverpool were obviously getting beat, so the assistant manager told our coach Carl that the ball needs to be in rapid for the intensity of the game and stuff because we were 3-0 down.

“Everything had to be quick and you had to get the ball back on the pitch.

“I went to school the next day and all the Liverpool fans in our school were just coming up to me and going, ‘You won us the game!’ I had to go in a different room because there were so many people coming up to me.

“It still is a bit mad. People getting in touch on social media calling me a Liverpool legend.”

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Cannonier has trained with Liverpool’s first team this campaign and he revealed even Jurgen Klopp still thanks him.

He continued: “I trained with the first team a few weeks ago and the boss came up to me and he was like, ‘I just need to thank you’ for what I did.”

But Cannonier doesn’t want to be known as a ballboy. He’s determined to follow in Alexander-Arnold’s footsteps and have similar success for the club.

“But if you look at what Trent’s done with Liverpool’s first team and won stuff with them, I’d love to do that. I don’t want to just be like a ball-boy legend, you know what I mean?” He added.

It seems Cannonier is a real talent and he could well turn out for Liverpool’s first team in the near future.

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