Ki-Jana Hoever is one of many incredibly talented Liverpool youngsters right now.
The Dutchman is only 17-years-old, but scored his maiden Reds goal in our EFL Cup victory over MK Dons last month.
Alongside Harvey Elliott, Sepp van den Berg and Rhian Brewster, he’s one of those most hotly tipped to eventually forge a career as an LFC first-teamer.
The Daily Mail has a feature called, ‘Secret Scout,’ in which Hoever was watched and analyses by an unnamed scout in a recent U23 fixture – and it’s fair to say he/she was impressed!
“One of the outstanding members of the team was Hoever, a 17-year-old Dutch boy playing alongside a ball-winning centre back, from Holland,” he said. “Right-sided Hoever played to a high standard throughout. Smooth on the ball, he always made time for himself in possession.
“When he moved forward with the ball, he reminded me of Mark Lawrenson. He had the pace to recover and make a last-ditch tackle after the centre forward had escaped his centre back partner.”
We actually quite like Hoever as a right-back, due to his technical ability and his speed – but he could feasibly develop into either a fullback or a central defender long-term.
Elliott is monstrously talented, but if we had to place money on the current member of our Academy who’s most likely to make it under Klopp – we’d go with Hoever.
The reason being is we have little strength in depth at right-back and the 17-year-old could soon become a natural deputy for Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Elliott has world-class players ahead of him in the pecking order – and more than one – part of the reason Brewster has struggled to do very much so far.