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Reaction to report that Ki-Jana Hoever could be leaving Liverpool on loan

A loan move for Liverpool’s Ki-Jana Hoever is progressing along. The Dutchman is desperate for first-team opportunities next season and has revealed he would be prepared to go out on loan to get his wish.

During an exclusive interview with Bleacher Report, Hoever confesses his desire to make that next step in his development and argues that it could be best suited to gain some experience away from Liverpool.

From a football perspective, this is a great opportunity for Hoever, who is one of the club’s most exciting up-and-coming talents.

The 18-year-old made three first-team appearances this season and even registered his first goal for the club during a 2-0 victory against MK Dons back in September.

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The defender, who joined the club from Ajax Amsterdam in September 2018, made his Liverpool debut at just 16 years of age back in January 2019 after coming on for an injured Dejan Lovren during an FA Cup clash with Wolves at Molineux.

In doing so, he became the club’s third-youngest ever debutant.

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Hoever’s first-team opportunities appear limited due to the quality and depth of Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League-winning squad making the option of a loan potentially his most realistic opportunity of playing regularly next seaosn.

“I’d like to play at the highest level possible as many games as possible,” Hoever told Bleacher Report when asked about his aspirations for next season.

“I know I’m ready to play men’s football. No more youth anymore. I’d like to do the big work now. If I go on loan, 30 games. If I stay at Liverpool, maybe more like 10 games.”

The key factor here is that even if Hoever is loaned out, Liverpool will retain the rights to the player who recently signed a long-term contract with the Reds in July 2019.

There may need to be some adjustment before a loan is sanctioned. Liverpool may want the future of Hoever secured for even longer so an upcoming deal could be on the cards.

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 25: Ki-Jana Hoever of Liverpool celebrates after he scores his sides second goal during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Milton Keynes Dons and Liverpool FC at Stadium MK on September 25, 2019 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)


Hoever unquestionably is a bright player who has begun to show confidence at first-team level over the previous year.

He represents his native Netherlands at U17 level and has regularly featured for Liverpool’s U23s.

A potential loan offer could lead to extra time on the pitch and breathing space for the Dutchman, so he does not feel under pressure to make the grade in Klopp’s world-conquering group of players.

He can develop, find his best position, and worry simply about developing his own personal game rather than whether he can be seen as a viable and long-term option for Liverpool.

There is every chance a loan move could be the perfect opportunity to take his game to the next level and by the time of his return, Liverpool could have a serious player on their hands.

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