Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp previously branded Ki-Hana Hoever a « sensational young player » – but now he is set to depart in a £10million transfer to Premier League rivals Wolves
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Liverpool’s signing of Thiago Alcantara has been offset by the sale of promising youngster Ki-Jana Hoever.
The Reds eventually opted to spend £20million up front to get their man despite the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
And, in the wake of the balancing act, they have now opted to cash-in on defensive prospect Ki-Jana Hoever in a surprise deal with Premier League rivals Wolves, according to the Daily Mail.
The Molineux club have reportedly agreed a £10million deal with the Reds to land Hoever, who has been branded a “sensational young player” by manager Jurgen Klopp in the past.
Hoever was expected to kick-on and challenge for a first-team place at Anfield this season, particularly after the departure of Dejan Lovren.
But the versatile Dutchman, who can play either centrally or at full-back, is now set to move on to Wolves and land the Reds a hefty fee.
Hoever signed from Ajax in 2018 and became the Reds’ youngster ever FA Cup player against Wolves just a few months later.
He has made four first-team appearances and draw huge praise from Klopp just last year as he featured heavily in pre-season.
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In terms of transfers the Reds have completed the signing of Thiago Alcantara, while Wolves’ Diogo Jota is next on their radar. Youngster Ki-Jana Hoever is set to head to Wolves in a £10million deal, while Gini Wijnaldum continues to be linked with Barcelona. There’s a lot to keep track of.
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“Ki-Jana is a wonderful kid and a sensational young player who can learn so much. Especially in the Napoli game when he came on, on the left side, it was maybe his best 15 minutes in the pre-season,” the boss told Liverpoolfc.com.
“The boys try to adapt to what we ask them for; we don’t tell them too much because we want them young and fresh and open. Take the information from the training pitch because if I tell them something, they are like soldiers and it’s not the right thing.
“Information is not there to delete all the other information you had before and to start thinking what the boss wants. They are with us. They had all the development they did without me – and that’s why we let them go [early from the Evian training camp].
“You can from time to time, especially the physical demands were really heavy for him to take. You forget so quickly these boys are so young. He’s still 17, it’s just crazy. But everything will be fine, he’s a fantastic footballer and I’m really happy that we have him for longer.”
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