Liverpool could well have another Michael Owen present within their ranks.
Oakley Cannonier, who only turned 18 in May, has impressed through the club’s youth sides, scoring over a staggering 40 goals last season.
Cannonier’s goalscoring nous is reminiscent of that of a certain Owen when he burst onto the scene back in 1997 as a sprightly teenager with raw potential.
Owen also had a natural instinct for the game, especially when he broke through at the club and Cannonier looks like he might have the required attributes to hit the very top.
Speaking of his performances, Marc Bridge-Wilkinson specifically highlighted his instinct inside the area, saying:
“We’ve worked with him on different movements, different sorts of run, arriving at different times to different types of crosses or cut backs. Oakley is really bright. He’s a good little footballer.
“His instincts for the game are very natural. It’s something we have to make sure he retains.”
He will be looking to replicate a talent who went on to play for England and win a Ballon d’Or so it will be no easy task but his remarkable record certainly suggests the future is bright.
Indeed, dubbed “outstanding” by Reds reporter James Pearce, the talented teenager already has four goals in eight matches this term so is clearly not a one-season wonder. Evidently a remarkable player on the pitch, he has already had a famous moment off it while representing Liverpool, though.
Many Liverpool supporters will remember the youngster from his incredible awareness as a ball boy during their comeback victory against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals back in 2019 when he was just 14.
His quick thinking allowed Trent Alexander-Arnold to take a swift corner which enabled Divock Origi to score the Anfield side’s fourth goal, and that turned out to be the eventual winner as they progressed into the final.
Jurgen Klopp had the youngster training with the first team in spells last season, with the German clearly impressed by his goalscoring talents.
He is yet to make his first-team debut for the Merseyside giants, but that might come quicker than he imagined, especially if he can continue to net at an impressive rate.
The 18-year-old has scored four goals in just two UEFA Youth League matches throughout 2022/23, proving he can display his prodigious talents on the continental stage too.
Klopp isn’t shy in giving young talent an opportunity in the Liverpool starting XI, with the likes of Harvey Elliot and Curtis Jones breaking through in the previous couple of seasons.
This season might come too soon for the 18-year-old, but Klopp has definitely got his eye on the player.