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The Liverpool ball boy who helped win against Barcelona is now a prodigy with the same goal tally as Mo Salah for the Under-18s

A ball boy from LIVERPOOL who inspired the famous Champions League comeback against Barcelona is now an Anfield prodigy with the same goal tally as Mo Salah.

Oakley Cannonier, 17, scored his 20th goal of the season for Liverpool’s Under-18s in a 5-5 draw with the Manchester United kids earlier this month.

Former Liverpool ball boy hero Oakley Cannonier is now scoring goals for fun in the U18s

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Former Liverpool ball boy hero Oakley Cannonier is now scoring goals for fun in the U18sCredit: Alamy
Cannonier's exploits against Barcelona helped Liverpool secure a place in the 2019 Champions League final

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Cannonier’s exploits against Barcelona helped Liverpool secure a place in the 2019 Champions League final

It’s the same number of goals that Liverpool senior star Salah, 29, has brought home this season.

And it caps a remarkable story for Cannonier, who played a key role for the Reds against Barcelona in 2019.

Liverpool lost the first leg of the Champions League semi-final 3-0 before rebounding at Anfield to go 3-3 on aggregate.

And just 10 minutes from time, ball boy cannonier Trent Alexander-Arnold quickly passed the ball at a Liverpool corner.

The right-back quickly took over the set piece while Barcelona were still dreaming.

And Divock Origi hit home and sent the Reds into the final as a 4-3 winner.

Liverpool won the Champions League final by beating Tottenham 2-0.

And Cannonnier was hailed as a hero by many at the club, with Jurgen Klopp saying: “I just have to thank you for what you’ve done.”

Cannonier has scored 20 goals this season - just like Mo Salah

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Cannonier has scored 20 goals this season – just like Mo SalahPhoto credit: Getty

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Reflecting on his progression from ball boy to Liverpool youth star, Cannonier explained: “I want to be known as a legend, not a ball boy, for a number of reasons.

“I want to be like Trent in terms of what he’s done.”

Klopp certainly won’t complain if he finds an heir for Salah in Cannonier.

Egyptian star Salah has scored an incredible 153 goals in 239 games for Liverpool.

However, the forward has been linked with a summer departure after failing to agree on a new contract.

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