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Sixteen-year-old Hoever set to make Liverpool history


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

Liverpool have handed 16-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever a first-team jersey ahead of him potentially becoming the club's youngest FA Cup player tonight.

The Dutchman will be named in the travelling squad to face Wolves and while he will be the third youngest Liverpool player of all time if he features- Jerome Sinclair holds that record since 2012 at 16 years and six days - he will be their youngest in this competition.

He is competing with another teenager, Rafa Camacho, for a place at right-back in a much-changed line-up. Camacho, an 18-year-old from Portugal, is more likely to start.

However, Liverpool pressed a jersey for Hoever over the weekend - he will wear No 51 - which indicates at the least that he may take a position on the bench.

It demonstrates his rapid rise since joining from Ajax last summer, with opportunities emerging after injuries to Joe Gomez and Joel Matip and the exit of Nathaniel Clyne to Bournemouth.

Although Jurgen Klopp could make 11 changes from the starting line-up at Manchester City, with Virgil van Dijk definitely rested, there will still be plenty of senior players on show at Molineux.

Klopp is particularly enthusiastic about Adam Lallana's form, revealing how close the midfielder was to starting against City on Thursday.

Lallana has recovered from numerous injuries, but has been unable to get the game time he needs because of Liverpool's form.

"Adam is actually in outstanding shape. It's unbelievable," said Klopp.

"It was close in the last game whether we started him or not. Adam is in the best moment since I've known him as a person and he will have a big part of our season. In training, everything was good."

The biggest issue for Liverpool is who to play at centre-back.

Meanwhile, Wolves will discover in the next 48 hours whether they can sign Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham on loan.

The deal will go ahead if the club receive Fifa approval. Abraham has played for Chelsea in the Community Shield and an U-23 game, while he also has played on loan at Aston Villa.

Under Fifa rules, no player can feature in matches for more than two clubs, but Wolves believe the U-23 game and the Community Shield do not count as official and the move has been cleared by the FA and Premier League. (© Daily Telegraph, London)