Several Liverpool players have famous footballing fathers. They have all had a range of success in their careers, from the Chinese League to World Cup winners, with a pair of them playing together!
Stefan & Srdan Bajcetic
18-year-old Stefan looks to be the next big thing for Liverpool. The defensive midfielder made his debut for Liverpool in their 9-0 romping of Bournemouth in August 2022 and has featured in the League Cup and Champions League this season.
On Boxing Day 2022 he scored his first goal for the Reds as they registered a 3-1 win away to Aston Villa. A lovely bit of composure saw him round the Villa ‘keeper before an equally composed finish saw him slot it home to seal the win for Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp has name-checked the midfielder as one to watch, while assistant manager Pep Lijnders has described the young Spaniard as “a joy to watch.”
His father, Srdan was also a midfielder playing for 7 clubs in his career. He turned out for Celta de Vigo, Braga, and Red Star Belgrade while his only trophies came from playing in China for Dalian Shide FC.
Thiago Alcantara & Mazinho
Thiago is Liverpool’s midfield maestro, repeatedly pulling the strings in the centre of the park at Anfield.
His footballing history is one of pedigree, as he was born in Italy to Brazilian parents, his father being ex-player Mazinho. At 14 he then joined Barcelona, becoming a product of their fabled La Masia academy before winning numerous titles and then moving to Bavaria to join Bayern Munich.
After a glittering career in Germany where he won 16 trophies, the Spaniard joined Liverpool where he’s won the League Cup, FA cup and reached the Champions League final. Thiago scored one of the goals of the 2021/22 season with his wonderful volley in the Champions League against Porto.
Thiago’s father, Mazinho was a member of the 1994 World Cup-winning Brazilian team and played as a full-back and defensive midfielder during his career. He played in Italy, Brazil, and Spain, turning out for Celta Vigo at the same time as Srdan Bajcetic. The two played together several times in the 1996-97 season, and their sons now link up in Liverpool’s midfield.
Thiago made way for Bajetic to make his Champions League debut vs Ajax in September and the two started together in Liverpool’s 4th round tie in the Carabao Cup in December 2022. Keep this in mind for the pub trivia in years to come!
Mazinho, and Thiago make up two-thirds of a very talented footballing family with Rafinha being the Spaniard’s brother. Rafinha also played for Barcelona and had a brief spell at PSG. He represents Brazil, while Thiago represents Spain after being brought up in the country.
Bobby & Lee Clark
Bobby Clark is an exciting attacking prospect of Liverpool’s academy that can play anywhere across the front line. He has made just two appearances for the Red’s senior side, like Bajetic he was a substitute in Liverpool’s romping of Bournemouth, and he also started the EFL Cup clash against Derby.
As a sign of things to come, Clark provided a stunning assist for Darwin Nunez in a mid-season friendly against AC Milan in Dubai. The driven pass skimmed across the ground and the Uruguayan barely had to break his stride before he slotted it home.
Clark’s father, Lee played for Newcastle, Sunderland, and Fulham. He was part of the Magpies team that finished second in the 1995/96 season.
He moved to their long-term rivals Sunderland in 1997 where he spent two seasons before being dropped in 1999 after being pictured wearing a t-shirt that read “Sad Macken Bastards.”
He then joined Fulham, helping them gain promotion from Division One. He scored 20 goals for the West London side before re-joining Newcastle in 2005 despite being club captain.
Lee has flirted with management, managing in England, Scotland, Oman, and Sudan.
Lewis & Jason Koumas
The latest player that Liverpool have signed to a professional contract is Lewis Koumas a 17-year-old talent who has shined at youth level this season.
He is yet to play for the senior side but has been involved in 10 goals (7 goals, 3 assists) in the under-18 Premier League, whilst also netting twice in the UEFA Youth League.
His father, Jason could be described as somewhat of a cult hero. He was part of the Liverpool academy at the same time as Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen but did not sign Youth Training Scheme forms with it believed he fell out after not being played in his preferred position.
His early career saw him play for Tranmere Rovers where he established himself as a player with incredible potential. He scored in the 2000-01 FA Cup when Tranmere knocked Everton out in a 3-0 win at Goodison park.
A move to West Bromwich Albion followed and a good season saw him win the Player of the Season award. West Brom where relegated that season but another good season from Koumas saw them promoted and he was rewarded with a new contract.
However, a falling out with Bryan Robson saw him on the transfer list and loaned out to Cardiff where he won their player of the season award and a place in the Championship PFA team of the season.
His career at The Hawthorns was then rejuvenated under Tony Mowbray and he was named in the Championship team of the season.
A move to Wigan saw his career stall with injuries and a carousel of managers and he eventually returned to Cardiff on loan before returning to Tranmere and retiring in 2005.