Promoted Liverpool starlet Ki-Jana Hoever has the perfect mentor in Virgil van Dijk
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has promoted youngster Ki-Jana Hoever to the first-team.
As reported by The Daily Mail, the Dutchman has consistently impressed at the club, following his move from Ajax in August.
With injuries to Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, the 16-year-old has been fast-tracked to prove he could potentially provide some cover.
He was sent up to Melwood from the academy last week and trained with the first-team, impressing Klopp in the process.
It’s been an impressive stint so far for Hoever, who has made his bow with the U23s in Premier League 2.
Hoever can learn from the master
It’s potentially a smart move from Klopp to involve Hoever with the first-team, especially because he can learn from fellow countryman, Virgil van Dijk.
van Dijk has quickly transformed the Liverpool backline since his £75 million move from Southampton in January.
The 6ft 4in colossus has been in brilliant form for the Reds, and is a big reason why they’ve only conceded seven goals in the league so far.
Arguably he’s the best in the division in his position right now, and Hoever working with him in training could be perfect for his development.
The 16-year-old is able to operate as a centre-half or at right-back just like Gomez.
He is dominant in the air but also comfortable with the ball at his feet – two of van Dijk’s most impressive traits.
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