Liverpool have made some shrewd deals in the transfer market in recent seasons. They have bought low and sold high, there have been some easy decisions to make on incoming transfers and hard decisions made on who to sell. Kopites were sad to see one of our brightest youngsters leave this window but Liverpool selling Ki-Jana Hoever was the right move for the player – this weekend proved as much.
Ki-Jana Hoever at Liverpool
Liverpool signed Ki-Jana Hoever joined Liverpool in 2018.
The Dutchman arrived from the Ajax academy with the Reds paying nominal compensation to the Eredivisie giants.
Kopites were excited by the youngster’s potential. He became the club’s youngest ever player in the FA Cup when he came on against Wolves in January 2019.
Hoever became the club’s fourth youngest ever goal scorer when he netted against MK Dons at the age of 17 years, eight months and 10 days.
Wolves sign Hoever
Wolves signed Ki-Jana Hoever from Liverpool this summer in a deal worth up to £13.5m.
The deal was completed alongside the Reds swoop for Diogo Jota but the deals were separate.
Many Liverpool fans were upset to be losing one of the brightest talents at the club.
However, given that there was no clear pathway into the first team for the youngster, we managed to get a pretty decent fee for the 18-year-old.
Hoever makes Wolves debut
Ki-Jana Hoever made his Wolves debut at the weekend, a sure sign that selling the wonderkid was in everybody’s best interest.
The youngster wasn’t going to be breaking into the Reds’ first team any time soon given that at centre back we have Billy Koumetio coming through and at right back Neco Williams has become the heir apparent.
It is vital that young players’ progress doesn’t stagnate as a result of a lack of game time. The fact that Hoever came on for the final 15 minutes against West Ham at the weekend shows that he is more likely to get opportunities at Wolves, opportunities he desperately needs to become the player he promises to be.
Wolves signalled that they will be putting him straight into the senior side and we’ll be wishing him all the best with that.