Liverpool defender Ki-Jana Hoever plans to use the disappointment of his Champions League exclusion in a productive manner. Speaking to Voetbal International, Hoever said that he is not too downhearted because of Liverpool’s talent in that department.
He added that he plans to work hard to ensure he makes the cut in January. Hoever plans to use this exclusion to take his game to the next level and continue to impress Jurgen Klopp.
Hoever told Voetbal International (translated via Football-Oranje): “I was not so concerned with it and did not know that the selection was coming. I was there in the second half of the season, but they told me that it was viewed per position and that I should not worry too much about it.
“It’s a shame, but of course they have a large group. I’m already very happy to be able to train. Now I have to work hard and hope to be there in January. I’m still young.”
Hoever made his Liverpool debut last season, playing 84 minutes in the FA Cup game against Wolves. The 17-year-old is highly-rated by Liverpool but will not be a part of their Champions League plans for the first half of the season – something that is spurring him on to succeed.
Hoever should not be too disappointed with this decision because he still has time on his side. Central defenders usually take longer to develop anyway so even being in contention aged 17 shows just how much potential he has.
But the most impressive thing about the Netherlands U18 defender seems to be his temperament. He has taken this decision in his stride and decided to use it as motivation to become a better player. This shows that he will go far in the game.