Ki-Jana Hoever bagged a great goal for the Netherlands on Sunday at the UEFA Under 17’s European Championship.
The goal was the third in a 3-0 win over Belgium that sent the Dutch into the semi-finals. And it was memorable as Hoever drove into the box, rolled the ball past the defender, and smashed it home.
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It’s a fantastic piece of skill – defender or otherwise. Hoever, who turned 17 in January, has a reputation at Liverpool as a very talented ball-playing defender and his goal shows why.
The teenager joined Liverpool from Ajax in September and made the jump to the U23’s in November. In another example of his ability going forward, Hoever made his debut at that level on the right of midfield.
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He shone enough, particularly at right-back, to start training with the first-team in December. From there, Jurgen Klopp drafted him into the squad in early January.
That was for the FA Cup tie against Wolves, of course. Hoever was supposed to just sit on the bench but an injury to Dejan Lovren changed things.
Just minutes into the game, Hoever made his first senior appearance. He played well, too, looking comfortable alongside Fabinho against top-flight opposition.
Hoever has a very bright future at centre-back and right-back, that much is clear. Liverpool have proven very adept at helping players realise that future, too.
If Hoever continues like this, we’ll see him back in the first-team before too long.