3 Liverpool youngsters hoping to follow in their father’s footsteps

There are plenty of Reds players with famous footballing dads.
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Liverpool are certainly relying on genetics for plenty of their young stars, with many rising talents at Anfield having footballing fathers. Current first-team duo Thiago and Stefan Bajcetic meanwhile also fall into this category.

The former’s dad, Mazinho, lined out for clubs such as Vasco da Gama and Valencia, and was part of the 1994 World Cup-winning Brazil squad.

The latter’s dad, Srdan, represented the likes of Braga and Red Star Belgrade, with the fathers remarkably linking up with one another at Celta Vigo once upon a time.

Yet another now first-team Liverpool midfielder in Bobby Clark also had a football-playing father, with Lee representing fierce rivals Newcastle United and Sunderland on the pitch before turning to management.

We take a look at three other young Liverpool players who will also be keen to follow in the footsteps of their fathers on the pitch:

Jayden Danns

Young striker Danns has been with the Reds since Under-7 level, having been transformed from a futsal player into a footballer, which has been the case with many other players over the years.

He has enjoyed a breakout season in the senior side, with Jurgen Klopp giving the youngster plenty of chances to shine, and the forward didn’t disappoint.

His father, Neil, enjoyed a successful career that spanned over two decades. The midfielder represented the likes of Crystal Palace, Birmingham City and Leicester City among many other clubs.

He has since turned his love of the sport into coaching, with Danns currently the assistant manager of Tranmere Rovers. He is certain to have high hopes for his son after another fine season in front of goal.

Lewis Koumas

Koumas is another forward at the Liverpool academy, and another who has a former midfielder as a father.

West Brom and Wigan Athletic fans will have fond memories of Jason, who shone for both clubs in the Premier League.

The ex-midfielder also made 34 appearances for Wales, with his son certainly on the right trajectory at international level. Lewis is currently a Wales Under-21 international, with a senior debut potentially not too far away.

The young attacker will, however, need to bolster his club status first. But again, the 18-year-old is on the right path to first-team stardom, with Koumas scoring on his senior Reds debut in a 3-0 FA Cup win against Southampton earlier this season.

Keyrol Figueroa

Keyrol Figueroa is not a name known to many Reds fans, but the youngster’s father certainly made a name for himself in the Premier League. Maynor made over 200 appearances in the English top-flight, primarily with Wigan but also with Hull City.

The former left-back is also much-loved thanks to his time on the pitch with the Honduras national team.

His son is unlikely to have a similar international career, with Keyrol currently playing for the USA under-17 side.

The young attacker will, however, be firmly focused on his development at club level. And again, he is moving in a promising direction, with the 17-year-old striker signing his first professional contract at Anfield earlier this month.