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Dejan Lovren departure could see Ki-Jana Hoever handed Liverpool opportunity

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Dejan Lovren departure could see Ki-Jana Hoever handed Liverpool opportunity

The Croatian defender could be on his way out of Anfield this summer.

Liverpool are still in the hunt to claim themselves a record 102 points from this season but must win their final three games.

The Reds have already been crowned champions and will hope to finish the season in style.

Already attentions might start turning towards next season, with some new additions likely to be made in the summer.

Jurgen Klopp maintains he is happy with his squad and it seems likely outgoings will be more frequent than new arrivals.

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One man who has been linked with a move away from the club is defender Dejan Lovren. The Croatian is attracting interest from a number of clubs, with Zenit the latest to state their intentions (Evening Standard).

It is thought Liverpool might consider offering Lovren a new deal, allowing them to recoup a higher transfer fee for the experienced performer.

If the £100,000-a-week World Cup finalist does depart, it will leave Klopp in need of a fourth choice central defender.

Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are his primary three defenders and his fourth man could be right underneath his nose.

Ki-Jana Hoever is tipped for big things and Lovren departing could hand him a chance to kick-start his Liverpool career.

 

Talented

The Dutch defender has been in fine form for the club’s under-23 team and stepping up to the first-team is the next natural stage in his development.

Hoever has made four appearances for the senior team already; featuring in both cup competitions this season.

The beauty about the youngster is his versatility to operate at centre-back or as a right-back.

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Klopp has insinuated that signings might come at a premium in the summer. With that in mind, it seems to make perfect sense to promote Hoever to his first-team ranks.

The defender signed from Ajax is strong, comfortable on the ball and could learn a lot from playing alongside the likes of Van Dijk.

Klopp is clearly a fan of the youngster too. In August 2019 he called the youngster ‘sensational’ in an interview with the club’s official website.

Liverpool have enjoyed great success this season with their younger players. Neco Williams, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott have all featured in squads on a regular basis.

Lovren’s departure leaves Liverpool with a void to fill ahead of next season. As a result, Hoever could be just the man to replace him.

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