Meet the ball boy who helped Liverpool complete a champion’s league miracle

Youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold has been hailed as a genius for the quick corner kick that led to Liverpool’s fourth and deciding goal against Barcelona. Yet to begin to understand the pursuit of impossible it is best to start with the instructions and the even spread of information. 

Liverpool’s match analysts had his assignment well done after he noticed that in Camp Nou Barcelona’s players moaned and became distracted whenever a free-kick or a throw-in was awarded against them. This made Jurgen klopp recognize the possibilities. And so, he filtered a message through the club.

Origi celebrates his second goal against Barcelona [Reuters]

It proves that he certainly had not given up . His belief was not blind so it translated into plans and schemes.

Carl Lancaster is a coaching mentor at the club’s academy in Kirkby and amongst his responsibilities is the co-ordination of ball boys. He had told them to serve Liverpool’s players as swiftly as possible on Tuesday morning.

Oakley Cannonier did not forget and with eleven minutes to go, he fed Alexander-Arnold while Barcelona’s defence fidgeted amongst themselves 20-yards away. It seemed astonishing they were blissfully unaware of what might happen considering Liverpool had already shown their bulldozing intent. 

Cannonier is a 14-year-old originally from Leeds who sometimes trains with two age groups above his natural level.
Whatever happens in his career or life from here, he will remember his role in arguably the most remarkable victory in Liverpool’s entire history, where Klopp’s team proved their capacity to reduce the immortal to inconsolable wrecks and men of granite to goo.

It had meant so much to Lionel Messi, he was crying as he walked the plank past to the drug testing area. Tears, meanwhile, had fallen from James Milner’s bloodshot eyes. In the dressing room afterwards, the midfielder sat topless with his shirt draining on the floor, half-smiling not really knowing what to say or do. 

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Georginio Wijnaldum had welled-up as well. He was furious that he’d been left out of Liverpool’s first XI. Inside ten minutes of his introduction at half time, he’d touched the ball six times. He’d scored twice. In front of the TV cameras, the Dutchman – usually so eloquent and able to find the right words – could not.

On the floor, not moving. Dead, some of the midfielder’s critics might ask how a person can die if he’s never really lived. Despite pain in his knee, Henderson rose. In the fifth minute of injury time, he was still running: charging at opponents and intimidating them, as though thunder had charged his body. 

Liverpools captain Jordan Henderson,”Can there really be a more appropriate captain for Liverpool at this moment? A player written-off, but never by coaches. A team written off, but never by their fans. A city written off, but never by its inhabitants.”

“I think we proved quite a few people wrong tonight,” Henderson declared. “We showed that if you never give up and you keep trying you can produce special things.”

On Sunday, Liverpool hope for another special thing, only this special thing is out of their control. 

Henderson believes it can still happen for Liverpool in the Premier League. “The manager has ingrained that into us – no matter what happens you keep fighting right until the end until the final whistle goes. That is what we have done all season and we will continue to do that on Sunday.”

If Liverpool score first, who knows how Manchester City’s players will react in Brighton. Liverpool’s story continues, this week. Can they lift the EPL and whom do they have to beat this time round?

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