'Proud of him': Liverpool youngster has hit six goals in just three games for U18's so far this season
Liverpool youngster Oakley Cannonier has started the season in wonderful form, after notching six goals in his first three games for the under 18’s.
Cannonier has suffered badly with injury in recent times, but he is fully fit now and his performances for Liverpool’s development side have really caught the eye.
Indeed, Liverpool youth coach Marc Bridge-Wilkinson had only positive words to say about the youngster when asked by the Liverpool Echo.
“Oakley has started the season really well, but it hasn’t surprised me,” says Bridge-Wilkinson. “I’ve worked with him since he was 14 and he always done well.
“The only problem has been that, because of injury, he hasn’t been able to play an awful lot.
“None of us at the Academy are surprised by his start. We are really pleased and proud of him and hope he can continue to progress.”
A familiar name
Cannonier’s name may be more well known around Liverpool than many of the same age due to his role in their Champions League win.
The youngster was the ball boy who reacted quickly to help Trent Alexander-Arnold set up their decisive fourth goal against Barcelona.
Cannonier wrote his name into Liverpool folklore that night, but it seems that may not be the end of his story at Anfield.
Indeed, if he keeps hitting the back of the net with such regularity for the Reds’ youth teams, then a first-team call could be an inevitability in the future.
Liverpool’s youngsters are actually in action right now, with the side taking on AC Milan in the UEFA Youth League.