The Daily Mail have claimed that Liverpool are set to sanction the permanent sale of teenage defender Ki-Jana Hoever to Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers for a fee of £10million.
Hoever, 18, only joined Liverpool two years ago from Ajax’s youth team – and has since played four times for the club’s senior side. He even scored in a Carabao Cup win over MK Dons back in September 2019, and was highly-rated at Liverpool.
Showing versatility in being able to play as a right-back or a central defender, Hoever seemed to have a clear path into the senior side but it is clear that he has chosen to leave in search of game time. Wolves wanted cover at right-back.
Matt Doherty left Wolves earlier this summer to join Tottenham and Hoever provides competition for the Midlands club in that position – as well as back-up in the middle. A fee of £10million is said to be enough.
TBR’s view – Surely Liverpool are making a mistake?
With Neco Williams still a rookie, the Reds lack in proper cover for Trent Alexander-Arnold. Yes, Williams has impressed when given the chance but he is still largely inexperienced. Having Hoever as an option too would have eased that burden.
Regardless of whether Liverpool lacked depth in Hoever’s position or not, letting him go permanently is a massive mistake. A player with so much potential, the Reds should have kept him – and made him a long-term replacement for Dejan Lovren.
A loan to Wolves, or a Championship side would have been ideal. But letting him go could see Liverpool rue their decision.