Ki-Jana Hoever comments on omission from Liverpool’s Champions League squad

Juan Castillo of Chelsea tackles Ki-Jana Hoever of Liverpool during the Premier League 2 match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on August 19, 2019 in London, England.

Ki-Jana Hoever is not part of Liverpool’s Champions League squad.

Ki-Jana Hoever of Liverpool during the warm-up ahead of the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea on August 14, 2019 at Besiktas Park in Istanbul, Turkey.

Liverpool defender Ki-Jana Hoever has told Voetbal International that he wants to be in the club’s Champions League squad after Christmas.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has not included the 17-year-old - who can operate as a central defender or as a right-back - in the squad for the Champions League group stage this season.

The Netherlands Under-17 international has given his take on the omission, and he has shown remarkable maturity, stating that he will work hard to get into the squad for the knockout rounds.

Hoever told Voetbal International, as translated by The Liverpool Echo: “I am not so concerned with it and didn't know the selection was coming.

“I was there (in the squad) in the second half of the season, but they told me that it was viewed per position and that I shouldn't worry too much about it.

"It’s a shame, but of course they have a large group. I’m already very happy to be able to train with them. Now I have to work hard and hope to be there in January. I’m still young.”

Remarkable maturity

Hoever’s aforementioned comments underline his remarkable maturity, and show just determined he is to get into Liverpool’s Champions League squad.

If the teenager works hard in training in the coming months and plays well for the youth team, then he will get his chance.

Hoever is only 17 years of age, and it will take him a while to establish himself in the Liverpool first team and become a regular.

The teenager joined Liverpool in the summer of 2018 after leaving Ajax.

Juan Castillo of Chelsea tackles Ki-Jana Hoever of Liverpool during the Premier League 2 match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on August 19, 2019 in London, England.

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