Ki-Jana Hoever is set to be unavailable for Liverpool for “several weeks” after being called up to the Netherlands squad for the upcoming FIFA Under-17 World Cup, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The newspaper claims that Hoever, 17, will now miss the Reds’ Carabao Cup clash against Arsenal on October 30, a game that he could have been involved in after Jurgen Klopp started the teenager at right-back in the win against MK Dons in the last round of the competition.
The Under-17 World Cup is taking place in Brazil between October 26 and November 17, meaning that Hoever is also set to miss two UEFA Youth League matches against Genk.
It is a shame that Hoever won’t be able to play in the Carabao Cup clash against Arsenal because he was so impressive against MK Dons in the last round. Hoever scored one of the Reds’ two goals as they won 2-0 at Stadium MK as he made his second senior appearance for the club. Hoever has been mainly used at centre-back in the Liverpool Under-23s squad but the lack of depth at right-back in the first-team means that Jurgen Klopp is likely to play him there if Trent Alexander-Arnold ever suffers an injury or suspension. Klopp does have other options who could do a job there but to have a young player like Hoever, who is clearly good enough for the senior squad, is a great option to have. Hoever has mainly played at right-back for the Dutch youth sides so Liverpool fans who end up watching him play in the upcoming Under-17 World Cup can expect to see him play in that familiar role.