Ki-jana Hoever described as 'unbelievable' after his Liverpool U23 debut


Trent Alexander-Arnold enhanced his ever-growing reputation once again at the weekend with a terrific free-kick during Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Watford.

On the back of scoring his first goal for England during the international break, the 20-year-old right-back ensured Liverpool’s win at Vicarage Road with a spectacular 25-yard set-piece.

It was his 60th appearance for his boyhood club and he looks set to follow in the footsteps of former players Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard by graduating from the academy and becoming a club legend.

It seems as though Liverpool’s right-back position is secure for the next 10 years.

In fact, it appears there is another young Liverpool right-back that is very highly-rated indeed.

Meet Ki-Jana Hoever.

The Dutchman is just 16-years-old but he made his debut for Liverpool’s Under-23 side on Sunday.


But it wasn’t just any Premier League 2 debut. It was against league leaders Everton in the mini derby at Goodison Park.

Not only did Liverpool win 1-0 but it seems Hoever produced an incredible performance.

“Unbelievable. Sixteen. Wow,” was the verdict of Liverpool Under-23s boss Neil Critchley, speaking to the Liverpool Echo.

“Considering he played in the week as well..... He tired towards the end which was understandable.

“But I thought his calmness and assurance, his decision-making, his intelligence without the ball, it was terrific. Playing against a good player, I was very impressed with him indeed.”


Hoever was signed from Ajax in the summer and has already established himself as a key player for Barry Lewtas’ Under-18s side - who have won 13 of their 16 games in all competitions.

But now, he might be looking to compete at the Under-23 level more often this season.

You never know, Hoever could soon be playing alongside compatriot Virgil van Dijk in Liverpool’s back-four.

He’ll have to find a way past Alexander-Arnold first, though.

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