DONE DEAL! Liverpool seal new deal with former Ajax player

Liverpool have completed a deal for former Ajax youngster, Ki-Jana Hoever, who has signed a new long-term contract with the Reds in what is the 17-year-old defender’s first professional contract of his career.

Hoever, who joined the reigning Champions League title holders from Ajax in August 2018, after Liverpool paid a compensation fee to get the teenager who was only allowed to arrive at Anfield a month later after obtaining international clearance for the move.


After signing the new deal at Liverpool, Hoever stated his delight at putting pen to paper on a professional contract at the club, adding that he would still keep himself grounded in the hope of getting some playing time with the club in the coming season.

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“I’m really happy to have signed here,” Hoever said on the Liverpool website. “I need to be realistic. I hope to make some [playing time] in the first team this year, of course, but I know that I will probably play more games for the U23s.”

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Hoever went on to say: “I will just train hard with the first team, show them what I can do and if there is a chance, I will be ready. That’s what I am hoping for. I still need to learn a lot of things. I am still 17, so I just need to keep doing what I am doing to get better at the things that can be better.”

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The teenage defender added: “It’s a lot of trust from the club to let me sign this new contract. I will try to do them proud and show what I can do for this club – and I hope these are not the last few years I play here.”

Hoever has figured in all six of Liverpool’s pre-season friendlies so far this summer and has also been named in the starting line-up for the team which will face Ligue 1 giants Olympique Lyon in the Reds’ final preparatory game before coming up against Manchester City on Sunday in the Community Shield.

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The defender made his senior breakthrough last season when he appeared as a substitute during the FA Cup tie with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux, becoming the club’s third-youngest ever debutant at the age of just 16 years and 354 days as a result.

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