Ki-Jana Hoever has today signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool Football Club.

The 17-year-old put pen to paper on the terms, which represent the first professional deal of his career, at the club’s training base in Evian.

Hoever told “I’m really happy to have signed here.

“I need to be realistic. I hope to make some minutes in the first team this year, of course, but I know that I will probably play more games for the U23s. I will just train hard with the first team, show them what I can do and if there is a chance, I will be ready. That’s what I am hoping for.

“I still need to learn a lot of things. I am still 17, so I just need to keep doing what I am doing to get better at the things that can be better.

“It’s a lot of trust from the club to let me sign this new contract. I will try to do them proud and show what I can do for this club – and I hope these are not the last few years I play here.”

Interview: Hoever on signing new LFC contract

Hoever has figured in all six of Liverpool’s pre-season friendlies so far this summer.

The defender, who joined the club from Ajax Amsterdam in September 2018, made his senior breakthrough last season when he appeared as a substitute during the FA Cup tie with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

In doing so, he became the club’s third-youngest ever debutant at the age of just 16 years and 354 days.

Hoever, who represents his native Netherlands at U17 level, is also a regular for Neil Critchley’s U23s.