Ki-Jana Hoever

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Ki-Jana Hoever
Personal information
Full name Ki-Jana Hoever
Date of birth (2002-01-18) 18 January 2002 (age 16)
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Liverpool
Number 51
Youth career
0000–2014 AZ Alkmaar
2014–2018 Ajax
2018– Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018– Liverpool 0 (0)
National team
2017 Netherlands U15 4 (0)
2017–2018 Netherlands U16 6 (0)
2018– Netherlands U17 5 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 January 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 January 2019

Ki-Jana Hoever (born 18 January 2002) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a defender for Liverpool.[1]

Youth career[edit]

Hoever started out in the youth ranks at AZ Alkmaar before moving on to Ajax in 2014. Hoever played 13 times and scored two goals in the Under-17 Eredivisie during the 2017–18 season.[2] Described as equally as comfortable playing at centre-half and right-back, Hoever completed his move to Liverpool in August 2018 from Ajax but had to wait until September 2018 for international clearance.[3] As he had not signed a professional contract, Liverpool only had to pay a minimal compensation and Ajax were reported to be bitterly disappointed to lose the player.[4] Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea were also reportedly interested in making the signing.[5] Hoever made his first Liverpool appearance in a 4–1 win for the under-18s against Newcastle on 15 September. Following that he was given a substitute appearance in the Reds' UEFA Youth League match at home to Paris Saint-Germain that ended in a 5–2 win on 18 September 2018. He later played the full 90 minutes at centre-half in the 5–0 win over Napoli that sealed Liverpool's U18s place in the knockout stages of that tournament.

By November 2018, Hoever had his U23s debut as a wide right midfielder against league leaders Everton at Goodison Park, which Liverpool won. His performance earned praise from U23 manager Neil Critchley, who said, “I thought his calmness and assurance, his decision-making, his intelligence without the ball, it was terrific. “I was very impressed with him indeed.” Hoever made further appearances at right-back for the U23s including receiving plaudits for his performance in a 4–1 win against the reigning Premier League 2 champions Arsenal.[6][7]

Professional career[edit]

In December 2018 Hoever began training with the Liverpool first team and manager Jürgen Klopp describing him as “confident” and “a joy to watch.”[8] Hoever was given the squad number 51 ahead of the FA Cup game against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux Stadium on 7 January 2019. He started the match on the bench, but replaced an injured Dejan Lovren at centre-back in the opening minutes. Hoever’s appearance made him the youngest ever Liverpool player in the FA Cup and their third youngest in any competition.[9]

International career[edit]

Hoever is a Netherlands U17 international, scoring three goals in his first five games.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 7 January 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Europe Total
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Liverpool 2018–19[11] Premier League 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Netherlands – K. Hoever – Profile with news, career statistics and history – Soccerway". us.soccerway.com. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  2. ^ Pearce, by James; 13:35, 17 Aug 2018 (17 August 2018). "Liverpool agree deal for Ajax star". mirror. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Liverpool FC". Liverpool FC. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  4. ^ Owen, Danny (17 August 2018). "Report: Ajax devastasted as Ki-Jana Hoever heads to Liverpool". Here Is The City. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  5. ^ Beesley, Chris (14 September 2018). "The inside track on Ki-Jana Hoever as Dutch wonderkid gets green light for Liverpool". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  6. ^ Doyle, Ian; Marshall-Bailey, Tom (4 January 2019). "Who is Ki-Jana Hoever? Liverpool starlet who caught Klopp's eye". liverpoolecho. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Ki-Jana Hoever: 'Unbelievable' Liverpool youngster making a big impression already - Goal.com". www.goal.com. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  8. ^ Markham, Carl; Gilpin, Andrew (6 January 2019). "Jurgen Klopp reveals why teen sensation Ki-Jana Hoever is a 'joy to watch'". Mirror Online. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  9. ^ Bascombe, Chris (6 January 2019). "Liverpool consider handing FA Cup debut to 16-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever". Retrieved 7 January 2019 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  10. ^ "Everything you need to know about Liverpool starlet Ki-Jana Hoever". Planet Football. 15 December 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Games played by Ki-Jana Hoever in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 January 2019.