Liverpool look to their academy to solve defensive crisis

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Recently there has been some debate as to whether we needed to bolster our defence and it seems like we may have just done exactly that.

After losing the services of Joel Matip, Trent Alexender-Arnold and Joe Gomez through injury, long term in the cases of both Matip and Gomez, we were arguably starting to look a little short of options in defence. Of course we could call on midfield players such as Fabinho to stand in at a pinch and also our Mourinho sacking annihilation of United saw Nathaniel Clyne return impressively back to action. Still though, as the old saying goes - you can never have too many Dutchman in your defence.

That famous old adage is something Jurgen Klopp clearly believes in as he's just promoted sixteen year old, Dutch youth international Ki-Jana Hoever, from our academy, to now training with and available to play for our senior/first team.

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What do we know about Hoever? Well apart from the fact that as discussed in our previous article's comments he has an awesome name, not a whole lot. Well okay that isn't strictly true as on the same thread Greg has also pointed out that coming from Ajax, Hoever has an excellent pedigree and that does sound very promising - a certain Luis Suarez came from the same Dutch team and as we know in general the Dutch produce quality players. Our own Wijnaldum being yet another example in possessing the sort of excellent footwork and close control they are famed for.

Ajax were reportedly devastated to lose Hoever to us from their own academy this August and since then he has received glowing reviews from within our youth system. Quickly progressing from our U18's to our U23's and always impressing as he went.

Hoever can play both centre back and right back and is a pacey player who possesses in bundles the aforementioned quality close control and footwork which typifies Dutch players and he's also strong and commanding in the air. What's not to like and who does this remind us of?

I think this is fantastic news. There cannot be much more exciting player related things to do than to promote our young academy players to first team duties. It is something we as fans often call for and rightly so. Factor in our confidence in Jurgen's player acquisitions and there's every reason to believe that the buzz surrounding Hoever is fully merited with every chance he will prove to be a superb player. However we should also bear in mind Jurgen's propensity not to rush players into first team action until he feels they are truly ready. That is something which has born fruit and so we should probably expect the same patient approach with Hoever.

That said I'm now chomping at the bit to see our latest superstar in the making, take to the field for our first team and so in lieu of that happening here's a clip of him giving Everton the run around for our U23's in Premier 2. A game in which Hoever was hugely impressive and played a significant part in us winning.

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