Liverpool's double transfer swoop for Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota somewhat overshadowed the other piece of business that was concluded by Michael Edwards and co. during a flurry of market activity.

Some Reds fans were left disappointed that 18-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever, who made his senior Reds debut against his new club 18 months ago in the FA Cup, had been allowed to depart.

But Alex Dicken, a Wolves writer for the Birmingham Mail, told Blood Red on a Diogo Jota and Ki-Jana Hoever podcast that the Midlands side have a clear plan for the young Dutch starlet that would have made it a clearly appealing switch.

Dicken said: "Wolves have a philosophy of signing players who are in their late teens and early twenties and blending them with experience.

"Hoever seems perfect for what Wolves need at the moment. They don’t need him to be a guaranteed starter because they have Nelson Semedo coming in from Barcelona as well.

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"They have a small squad and players like Hoever will definitely get minutes. It’s a really exciting signing - a trademark Wolves signing - and it seems a really decent bit of business.

"Wolves have tried for two years now to buy a new centre-back who can play alongside Willy Boly and Conor Coady on the right side of the back-three.

"He can change between a right-sided centre-back and a right wing-back whenever Wolves need him there.

"My guess would be that he is fourth-choice centre-back so if one player doesn’t play, he will be straight into the team. If he develops as Wolves hope, that will solve a long-term issue Wolves have had in terms of centre-backs.

"It’s a really exciting signing and one that everyone is looking forward to seeing how he fares in the Premier League on a more consistent basis."

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The words 'regular minutes' combined with the name of a Premier League club are the key ones. That is why Hoever has made the move away from Liverpool, despite the Dutchman remaining highly-rated.

Signed for around £90,000 from Ajax a couple of years ago, Hoever had only signed a contract extension at Anfield last summer. But since then, Neco Williams has emerged as Trent Alexander-Arnold's understudy.

Chances at centre-back, despite a dearth of senior players in that area for Klopp to pick from, have not come forth either, despite that role likely being Hoever's position long-term.

Liverpool have no buy-back clause in the deal that saw Hoever leave, but more important than that, it opens up the possibility of future deals of the same sort.

Hoever was highly thought of, and so are the likes of Harvey Elliott, Sepp van den Berg, Billy Koumetio, Leighton Clarkson, Jake Cain and countless others. Not all of them will make it at Anfield - there are simply too many for that to be the case.

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Those are the dilemmas that Liverpool and Klopp will have to navigate in the comings years. Which starlets are the likeliest to make the grade, and which might just fall short?

Judging something of that magnitude when a player is still in their teenage years is incredibly difficult.

But that is something Liverpool are going to have to assess several times over with different starlets over the next couple of seasons, with the level of their first team only set to become even more difficult to reach.