Liverpool academy director Alex Inglethorpe believes Reds teenager Ki-Jana Hoever is a good person and not just a talented footballer.

Hoever made his senior debut for Liverpool in their 2-1 loss against Wolves in the third round of the FA Cup and played more than 80 minutes after coming on in the opening 10 minutes of the game and replacing Dejan Lovren.

The 16-year old has been a player on the lips of many fans who have followed his impressive performances for the academy and he became the youngest player ever to feature for the side in the FA Cup on Monday.

Inglethorpe has seen the likes of Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold make their debut for the Reds in recent seasons, and he had admitted that he was surprised by Hoever’s competitive nature.

“The thing that surprises me about him is not just how good a footballer he is, but what a good person he is. He’s highly competitive, he doesn’t like losing", Inglethorpe told the club's official website.

“He has potential, he has serious potential, and his rate of progression I suppose after pre-season hasn’t surprised me because he’s someone that it was very, very clear from very, very early on had an awful lot of the pieces that you would need to become a top player.

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“A lot of the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle are in the box and I guess we just have to put them together.

"He’s a very exciting prospect.”

Hoever will hope to get an extended run in the team as the Reds are short of options at the back as Lovren, Joel Matip, and Joe Gomez are all on the sidelines and will not be available for Liverpool’s clash against Brighton come Saturday.