While most people probably weren’t thrilled with the prospect of an FA Cup fourth round replay against Shrewsbury Town, one person who appreciates the opportunity it offers is teenage defender Ki-Jana Hoever. The Netherland youth international will get another chance to impress in the first team, this time at Anfield.
“Everyone is really excited about it,” Hoever told the official site.
“That we can play at home at Anfield with all the crowd and the fans. That we can show what we can do as a team, do the club proud and win the game.
“We just need to focus on our game and play the best game we can play. Shrewsbury gave everything the whole game [in the first meeting] and still believed when they were 2-0 down. That’s good for us to know. It’s just a great opportunity for us to play at Anfield. Everyone in the squad wants to win the game. We just need to focus and work hard and then we’ll do our best and hope it’s enough to win the game.”
While Klopp and the senior players get a very much deserved two week break, the Academy kids get to step out onto the pitch at Anfield. If Hoever and his teammates could get the job done, this match could end up being a win-win for everyone.