The Leeds-born 17-year-old striker has been earning rave reviews this season with his performances for Liverpool Under-18s.


He has scored 20 times in 17 appearances in the Under-18 Premier League and has netted 31 goals in all competitions for the Reds in youth football.



However, Bridge-Wilkinson indicated that there are no guarantees that Cannonier will play as a number 9 for Liverpool going forward despite his goalscoring exploits for the Under-18s.


He stressed that the attacker’s future position will depend on which manager makes the pick and what the team will require of him in the future.



The Reds Under-18s coach insisted that the teenager has the ability to play in multiple positions and stressed that intelligent players have the mentality to adapt their skillset for the needs of the team.


“Where he plays going forward will be down to people further up who pick the team when he’s older”, Bridge-Wilkinson told The Athletic.



“What I would say is that I think he can play as a No 9, as an attacking midfielder or on the side of the pitch.


“I think that gives Oakley the best possible opportunity of being a footballer.


“If you’ve got the ability to play in two or three different positions you give yourself more chances of playing games.


“Harvey Elliott is a good example.


“Intelligent footballers like that can manipulate the way they play a certain position to their skill set.”


The youngster will hope that Jurgen Klopp’s interest in giving young talents a chance will extend to him as well.