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Liverpool beat Manchester United, Man City and Chelsea to sign Ajax wonderkid Ki-Jana Hoever

Jurgen Klopp reportedly swung the deal in the Reds' favour due to his record of giving youngsters a chance

Liverpool have reportedly won the race to sign Ajax wonderkid Ki-Jana Hoever.

The Dutch right-back, 16, has been tracked by a host of European giants including Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

But, according to the Liverpool Echo, the Merseysiders have convinced Hoever that his future lies with them.

Liverpool appear to have won the race to sign Ajax starlet Ki-Jana Hoever

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Liverpool appear to have won the race to sign Ajax starlet Ki-Jana Hoever

He is said to have been sold on a move to Liverpool due to Jurgen Klopp’s record of handing opportunities to youngsters.

The Reds will only have to pay a relatively low compensation fee for the teenager as he is yet to sign a professional contract in Holland.

They are now waiting for international clearance before the Dutch youth international can make his competitive debut for them.

Ki-Jana Hoever, wearing No.2, poses ahead of an Under-16 clash with Germany in February

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Ki-Jana Hoever, wearing No.2, poses ahead of an Under-16 clash with Germany in February

Hoever is said to have been one of the hottest prospects at Ajax’s academy, with the four-time European champions ‘devastated’ to lose him.

He is earmarked for a move towards the centre of defence as he develops in the future.

And that could see Hoever eventually link up with compatriot Virgil van Dijk at the heart of Liverpool and Holland’s backline.

Jurgen Klopp’s record with youngsters is said to have persuaded Ki-Jana Hoever to sign for Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp’s record with youngsters is said to have persuaded Ki-Jana Hoever to sign for Liverpool

Van Dijk became the world’s most expensive defender when he moved from Southampton to Anfield for £75million in March.

New Dutch boss Ronald Koeman named him as his country’s new skipper in March.

Ki-Jana Hoever will be able to learn from Dutch skipper Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool

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Ki-Jana Hoever will be able to learn from Dutch skipper Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool

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