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Liverpool’s new 25-goal striker emerges as team news index falls

Oakley Cannonier scored his 25th goal of the season while Harvey Blair added a goal and an assist as Liverpool Under-18s bounced back from their FA Youth Cup heartbreak with an emphatic win over Burnley on Saturday.

Goals from the duo Isaac Mabaya and Melkamu Frauendorf helped the young Reds to a 4-1 victory against the Clarets at the Liverpool Academy.

Despite making his senior debut against Preston in October, Blair’s season has been disrupted by injury for the majority but he was able to provide a welcome reminder of his talents after giving the side an early lead from Marc Bridge-Wilkinson thanks to a superb individual effort. .

The young winger became a defender as he exploded down the left side before blasting his way into the box, beating another man and firing home an unstoppable strike from below the crossbar.

Cannonier restored the young Reds’ lead shortly after the break, heading home after Calum Scanlon’s cross was gently deflected into his path.

Blair has been a constant thorn in the Burnley defense throughout and he turned provider late to set up Mabaya, whipping in a teasing low cross for his team-mate to finish.

And Frauendorf, who featured for Jurgen Klopp’s side against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup last month, wrapped up the scoring in stoppage time with a low finish after Bobby Clark’s pass deflected into his path.

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Liverpool’s Oakley Cannonier (9) celebrates Liverpool’s third goal with Melkamu Frauendorf who provided the initial cross which returned from the post during the FA Youth Cup match at the AXA Training Center on January 7, 2022 (Image: Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
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