Ki-Jana Hoever receives baffling red card playing for Liverpool Under-23s

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Last Monday, Ki-Jana Hoever showed everyone exactly why everyone at Liverpool is talking highly about him.

The 16-year-old was named on the bench for Liverpool’s FA Cup trip to Wolves but after Dejan Lovren’s sixth-minute injury, was brought on at centre-back.

While he couldn’t stop the Reds from losing 2-1 and crashing out of the Cup, the young Dutchman performed admirably.

Seven days on, and Hoever has been brought right back down to earth.

He wasn’t named on Liverpool’s bench for their trip to Brighton on Saturday despite the club’s defensive injury issues.

Instead, he was representing the club’s Under-23’s against Brighton at the Academy on Monday night.

But, within 20 minutes, Hoever was heading in for an early shower.


The Liverpool defender was outmuscled by the Brighton striker on the halfway line and chased him back in an attempt to dispossess him.

Just before the opponent entered Liverpool’s box, Hoever gave him a little nudge, causing the striker to go tumbling down.

It was a free-kick on the edge of the box but, rather inexplicably, the referee showed Hoever a straight red card.

With a covering defender ensuring Hoever wasn’t the last man, it seemed a crazy decision from the ref.


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And it seems the wonderkid didn’t particularly agree with the decision. Liverpool Echo journalist Glenn Price revealed how Hoever had to be “pulled away” by a teammate after being shown the red card.

Liverpool fans also didn’t agree with the decision took to social media to question the baffling red card.


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It’s unlikely to have much effect on Hoever’s progression, though.

In fact, Liverpool boss recently admitted that Hoever is “a joy to watch.”

“He is one for the future of course, but what we will do with him now I don't know,” said Klopp, per the Liverpool Echo.

“He is 16, turns 17 in a few days. If Joel and Joe would have been fit all of the time, then probably Ki-Jana wouldn't have been in training with the first team, but he was in and is still in.

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“It is just a joy to watch him. He is an incredible, confident young fella and is really a good player on top of that. It's nice we can see him day in, day out. It's really cool.

“He is for sure for the future, but when the future starts I don't know. But he is in and he learns a lot and improves a lot, it will happen automatically.

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