Jamie Carragher claims that he has heard talk that Liverpool have a “really promising” youngster rising through the ranks in full-back Ki-Jana Hoever.
The 17-year-old was involved in Liverpool’s pre-season preparations over the summer and clearly left a mark on Jurgen Klopp, who handed the teenager his second senior start in the Carabao Cup win against MK Dons last month.
Hoever repaid the faith shown in him by the Reds boss by scoring a goal from the right-back position and Carragher has tipped the Netherlands Under-18 international to shine on Merseyside in the future based on what he has heard.
“I’m talking about the progression for him going forward and there’s also talk Liverpool have a really promising, young, full-back coming through – Hoever – he’s a young lad that plays right-back,” Carragher told talkSPORT.
Hoever has made two senior appearances for Liverpool now and while they both came in cup competitions, the fact that he is already on Klopp’s radar says a lot about his potential and how the Reds boss sees him as one for the present, as much as the future. Hoever is a right-back but he can also play at centre-back. He’s occupied the central defensive role in Liverpool’s two UEFA Youth League matches so far and in Premier League 2, for the Under-23s, he’s played at both right-back and at centre-back. Hoever is one of many good young players that Liverpool have rising through the ranks at the moment, and several featured in that win against MK Dons. Curtis Jones and Rhian Brewster, plus summer signings Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg, are all examples of those who could one day be lining up in the first-team regularly alongside Hoever.