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Report: Celtic interest in loan deal for Ki-Jana Hoever

Liverpool defender Ki-Jana Hoever could be set for a loan spell in Scotland after Celtic made an approach for the teenager amid a report from Read Celtic.

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA – AUGUST 21: (THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Ki-Jana Hoever of Liverpool during a training session on August 21, 2020 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Sources claim that the Scottish champions have made contact with the Premier League champions regarding the availability of the young Dutchman although Liverpool are still yet to make a formal decision regarding what is deemed best for Hoever’s development.

Hoever, 18, is a versatile defender who can play both at right-back as well as in central defence. The Netherland’s U17 international has recently returned from a pre-season camp with Liverpool ahead of the club’s Community Shield clash with Arsenal on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp is still undecided on the matter and considering Hoever is highly rated by the Liverpool manager it remains to be seen whether the player would be allowed to leave for the 2020/21 season.

The report claims that Liverpool will likely make a decision after the Wembley trip at the weekend where a final determination will be made regarding Hoever’s short-term future.

During a recent interview with Bleacher Report, Hoever did confess his desire to make the next step in his development and argued that he could be best suited to gain some experience away from Liverpool.

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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 season.

“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.

Liverpool’s Dutch defender Ki-Jana Hoever (C) wits to be substitued on during the English FA Cup third round football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on January 7, 2019. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Hoever, 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.

The defender clocked up three senior appearances for Liverpool last season and even scored his first professional goal for the club during a 2-0 victory in the League Cup against MK Dons in September 2019.

Liverpool will retain the rights to the player if Klopp chooses to indeed loan out Hoever after the youngster recently signed a long-term contract with the Reds in July 2019.

It could prove to be a beneficial experience for Hoever. 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.

After all, his international compatriot Virgil van Dijk learned a thing or two during his time at Celtic which demonstrates Hoever will be in capable hands should he look to pursue a loan away from Anfield.

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