Teenage defender Ki-Jana Hoever has his eyes on the Liverpool first-team after agreeing a new long-term deal with the club, the first professional contract of his career.
The Dutch youngster became the third-youngest player in Reds history when he made his senior debut at the age of 16 years, 11 months and 20 days in the FA Cup third round defeat to Wolves at Molineux in January, and has featured in all six of their pre-season friendlies this summer.
Now 17, Hoever is able to play all across the defence, and he made the Team of the Tournament when the Netherlands won the European Under-17 Championships in the summer.
“I’m really happy to have signed here,” Hoever told the Reds website after agreeing his deal.
“I need to be realistic. I hope to make some minutes in the first team this year, of course, but I know that I will probably play more games for the U23s. 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.
“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 been joined at Anfield by compatriot Sepp van den Berg this summer, with the pair both keen to learn from fellow countryman Virgil van Dijk.