Liverpool journalist explains how Ki-Jana Hoever 'blew away' senior players in first training

Ki-Jana Hoever is Liverpool's third youngest player ever

Ki Jana-Hoever really made a name for himself in Liverpool's FA Cup loss to Wolves on Tuesday night.

The 16-year-old was placed on the bench by Jurgen Klopp but, with Dejan Lovren going off after just six minutes, he was handed his opportunity.

Hoever became Liverpool's youngest ever FA Cup player, and their third youngest in history, but he did not play like a 16-year-old.

The youngster came on and showed great maturity and calmness on the ball.

Liverpool may have lost 2-1 on the night, but it was Hoever's performance that was a big positive on the night.

It has been a rapid rise for Hoever.

He only joined Liverpool from Ajax in the summer but he has obviously been extremely impressive in his first few months at the club.

But, within months, Hoever was training with the first team.

James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo has given details of his first training session with the first team.

He reveals that Hoever was summoned to train at Melwood a week before Christmas, where he found himself marking the best forward at the club, Mohamed Salah.

Ki-Jana Hoever in actions against Wolves

Pearce writes: "A week before Christmas, with Klopp short on numbers, the teenager was summoned to train at Melwood for the first time.

"He found himself marking Mohamed Salah in a training game and senior professionals were blown away by how well he handled the Egyptian attacker.

"He's been with the first-team squad since."

He must have made some impact. It would have been a daunting task for Hoever, but it seems he passed the test with flying colours.

Liverpool fans already have high hopes for Hoever and it seems those in Liverpool's first team share the same feelings.

Senior players at Liverpool were impressed with how Hoever dealt with Salah

Klopp must also have been very impressed too; handing him his debut for the first team just a matter of weeks later.

Pearce also goes on to state that Klopp has been impressed with a lot more than just his footballing ability.

He continues: "As well as his obvious talent, Klopp has been impressed by the character and attitude of Hoever. There is no hint of arrogance. He's humble and grounded."

It seems Hoever has all the attributes needed to become an important part of the Liverpool first team in the future.

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