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Liverpool U18 THRASH Man Utd 5-0, ballboy from THAT Origi goal scores hat-trick

Sat Aug 21, 2021
Liverpool's Under-18 side have thrashed Manchester United 5-0, with a hat-trick for Oakley Cannonier, the ballboy involved in one of the greatest Reds goals ever. Liverpool trounced their rivals in the first game of the Under-18 Premier League North season at United's training ground, Carrington, on Saturday. Cannonier opened the scoring and visiting captain Luca Stephenson doubled the lead after half an hour. The Leeds-born forward then scored two in quick succession in the second half to complete his treble, with Terence Miles rounding the game off. Cannonier is embedded in the history of the club after his exploits as a ballboy in a famous Champions League night against Barcelona at Anfield on May 7, 2019. Trailing 3-0 from the first leg at the Nou Camp, Jurgen Klopp's side had pulled it back to 3-3 on the night thanks to Divock Origi and a double from Georginio Wijnaldum. With 11 minutes left, ballboy Cannonier - who had been briefed on how to catch Barcelona napping - swiftly threw defender Trent Alexander-Arnold the ball to allow him to take a quick corner. Seeing the Barcelona defence napping, Alexander-Arnold swung the corner across for Origi, who was free in the box to finish the chance and score the crucial goal which sent Liverpool through. Cannonier earned plenty of plaudits from pundits and fans for his quick thinking and anticipation. He signed his first professional contract with the club in July.

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