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Liverpool's Europa League starlet has Dad who played alongside Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen

Liverpool's Europa League starlet has Dad who played alongside Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen

A much-changed Liverpool are in Europa League action on Thursday and one youngster on the bench could make history.

Jurgen Klopp could hand a Liverpool youngster his debut on Thursday, and it appears the club runs in the family.

Liverpool round off their Europa League campaign on Thursday evening with a trip to Belgium to face Union Saint-Gilloise.

Klopp's side have already booked their place in the knockout stages, allowing the manager to rest several of his key players ahead of Sunday's crunch Premier League clash with Manchester United at Anfield.

The likes of Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson and Virgil van Dijk have all stayed behind on Merseyside, allowing Klopp to cast his eye over several academy starlets.

One such player is Lewis Koumas, an 18-year-old forward with a solid family connection to the Anfield club.

The youngster was named on the bench for the match but, should he feature at some point, then he will follow in the footsteps of his father.

Jason Koumas, now 44, was an attacking midfielder who turned out for Premier League sides including West Brom and Wigan Athletic during the 2000s.

More interesting, though, is the fact that Koumas Sr began his football career in Liverpool's academy, playing alongside some rather famous names.

Koumas was a teammate of a young Steven Gerrard and a pre-Ballon d'Or-winning Michael Owen, playing alongside the duo in the club's academy.

Lewis Koumas is highly rated at Liverpool. (Image: Getty)
Lewis Koumas is highly rated at Liverpool. (Image: Getty)

Gerrard went on to captain Liverpool for most of his career, while Owen won the Ballon d'Or in 2001 before jetting off to Spain to join Real Madrid.

Koumas didn't quite hit those high notes and left the club in 1998 to sign for neighbours Tranmere Rovers.

On the international stage he represented Wales on 34 occasions and even captained the Red Dragons.

Son Lewis will hope to go one better than his dad and earn a first senior Liverpool appearance. It will certainly be a special moment for the Koumas family if he does.

Featured Image Credit: Getty

Topics: Liverpool, Europa League, Jurgen Klopp, Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, Premier League