Former Liverpool starlet Ki-Jana-Hoever has explained why he left the club in 2020 to join Premier League rivals Wolves.
The 19-year-old spent most of his youth at Ajax. However, he left the Dutch team in 2018 when he moved to England to sign there Liverpool.
Hoever made his debut earlier than most expected. His first senior international appearance for England was in the FA Cup against Wolves in January 2019.
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The Dutchman was only 16 years old at the time. This appearance made him the third youngest player to make his debut in the first team.
In an interview with the Dutch outlet Voetbal International, Hoever admitted his debut for Liverpool came earlier than he expected but was frustrated that his progress was not “quick” afterwards:
“I definitely wasn’t expecting something like this when I was just signing with the club.
“That I would make my debut within six months. Before that, I played my games in the U17 at Ajax. It all happened very quickly.
“That is also difficult because it doesn’t go as quickly afterwards.”
After making his debut, Hoever stopped playing for Liverpool that season.
He only played three times for the Reds in the 2019/20 season and did not make his Premier League debut from Jürgen Klopp.
Hoever decided to leave Liverpool in 2018 when he joined Wolves for around £ 9million. His unwillingness to stagnate led to his decision to sign for Wolves, as he did when he moved from Ajax to Liverpool:
“It was too slow for me and I hadn’t even thought of the first one. I wanted to go to the U19 as soon as possible.
“I was surprised when I was offered a contract with Ajax because for a while I felt I wasn’t being valued as I thought I should be.
“The fact that I made my Liverpool debut six months later also says that at least I was ready for the Ajax U19 I think.”