Liverpool are reportedly close to agreeing the sale of Ki-Jana Hoever to Wolves. It’s a deal that makes sense – even if the player is a huge talent.

The Daily Mail claims that Wolves are close to signing Hoever. The young defender would cost around £10m, leaving Liverpool after two years aged just 18.

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It’s a shame, of course. Hoever is a very talented player and one we saw a bright future for. Capable of playing both right-back and centre-half, he seemed a natural long-term successor for Joe Gomez, or even a potential partner.

But it seems it’s not to be. But despite his ability, it’s a sale that makes complete sense.

Competition

The biggest problem Hoever faces at Liverpool is competition. It’s difficult to see how he breaks into the team anytime soon. And while he’s a natural successor in defence, he needs to play in order to develop as a player.

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He could have all the potential in the world but if he can’t play, he can’t reach it. Then Liverpool don’t have a player with great potential, they have a stunted youth player.

Hoever can even play two positions but the other talent is young enough and good enough that he won’t play anytime soon. Trent Alexander-Arnold is still only 21 and his backup, Neco Williams, is barely older than Hoever.

Centre-half isn’t easy, either. Gomez is 23 – he’s staying around for a while. And Hoever would have competition in Billy Koumetio and Sepp van den Berg for a long-term place.

And when you look at it like that, selling one of the youngsters is just sensible.

Room to grow

A sale for any of the youngsters benefits the others – it just happens to be Hoever. The Dutchman leaving means both Koumetio and Van den Berg have an easier path to games – even if that’s just in the cup competitions over the next two years.

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Instead of splitting time between three players, it’s just two. And that should help guarantee that at least one develops properly – you don’t have that guarantee when trying to stretch the minutes among a trio.

So yes, Liverpool will lose a very talented youngster. But hopefully, long-term, the sale makes it easier to produce elite talent from another teenager.

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