Liverpool's Ki-Jana Hoever showed some very mature defending vs Wolves

Liverpool's Ki-Jana Hoever

Liverpool's run in the 2019 FA Cup ended at the first hurdle.

Jurgen Klopp's side crashed out at the third-round stage, with Wolves earning a well-deserved 2-1 win at home.

Raul Jimenez and Ruben Neves scored either side of a Divock Origi goal to secure passage to the next round, where they will play Shrewsbury or Stoke.

As for Liverpool, the result is a disappointment but it's clear that Klopp had one eye on Saturday's Premier League game away at Brighton.

James Milner and Dejan Lovren were the only two players from the 2-1 defeat away at Manchester City to retain their places in the starting XI.

Teenagers Curtis Jones and Rafa Camacho were included from the start, with 16-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever having to be brought on after six minutes due to an injury to Lovren.

The Dutchman failed to secure a senior contract at Ajax, but is highly-rated by Klopp and the rest of the Liverpool staff.

And Hoever delivered a very composed performance, shining in what was a very dull display overall from Liverpool.

His passing was crisp and he didn't let Jimenez or Diogo Jota bully him.

Hoever in battle with Jota

Wolves even brought on the pacy Helder Costa to try and get at Hoever, but the way he dealt with the Portuguese winger was just brilliant.

You can watch Hoever's full highlights below, but simply skip to 3:42 to see his one-on-one battle against Costa.


What a way to recover from being nutmegged, bursting past Wolves players and setting up an attack for Liverpool.

If he can do that at just 16, imagine how good he will be in years to come.

Under the guidance of fellow Dutchman Virgil van Dijk, Hoever is certainly in the right environment to progress as a defender.

With Lovren now injured, Joe Gomez yet to comeback from a serious ankle knock and Joel Matip seemingly always absent, Klopp may want to dip into the market this month.

Klopp vs Wolves

As good as Van Dijk has been, he will need some serious assistance if Liverpool are to end their trophy drought.

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