This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets…
Liverpool’s pre-season hasn’t gone exactly to plan this summer.
The Reds were without Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker for all of their friendly fixtures up until the recent game against Lyon, and are still missing Sadio Mane after Senegal made the final of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have suffered defeats to Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Napoli and have also drawn against Sporting Lisbon, all whilst not making a signing likely to impact first-team proceedings which has prompted disappointment from the fans.
However, the Champions League winners got back on track with a 3-1 win over Lyon, and one man shone more than most – Ki-Jana Hoever.
The 17-year-old was lining up at right-back just hours after signing a new long-term contract with the Merseysiders, and performed impressively.
As you can see, the teenager who Liverpool signed from Ajax for just £90k shone against the Ligue 1 side.
The Dutchman had an 83% passing accuracy and completed two dribbles against the French side, whilst also making six recoveries.
It was Hoever’s whipped delivery that caused chaos in the box and led to Joachim Andersen heading into his own net for Liverpool’s second goal, whilst the video below will show you just how confident the defender was on the ball – check out that ball roll which sold the Lyon left-back.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s right-back position looked very thin in depth after Nathaniel Clyne suffered a serious injury, but the need for a replacement is minimal based on Hoever’s impressive performance.
It should also be noted that Joe Gomez can play in the role, although he is predominately a centre-back.
Both Gomez and Hoever are not necessarily experienced figures for the right-back role, although both of them have shown enough to suggest that the Merseysiders do not need to enter the market to replace the injured Clyne.