Football FanCast columnist Lewis Doe thinks that Sami Hyypia’s name will be sung around Anfield for decades
Liverpool are about to wave goodbye to one of their best ever defenders.
Sami Hyypia is about to make the move to Germany to play for Bayer Leverkusen,
but his name will echo around the Kop for many years to come.
Hyypia was the complete football role model. He played 463 times for
Liverpool and never complained he stayed well and truly under the radar off the
pitch, something that too many players don’t try to do in the modern
The Finn often displayed elements of a traditional English centre back with
the aggression and passion that he had in abundance. These accompanied with the
fact that he was actually a pretty good defender as well have made him a
Liverpool legend and although he is not as good as he once was, there is no
doubt that scousers all over the country will miss him.
Liverpool manager, Rafa Benitez, has supposedly left an open door for Hyypia
to one-day return as a defensive coach. He said in the Times: “My idea was to offer
him an extension and after that for him to coach with us. He was pleased and
considered this option, but he has a lot of confidence in himself. He is fit
and deserves the best, but the door will be open.”
For Liverpool to want him back even after he has made the decision to go and
play briefly in another country, says everything you need to know about how
valuable he was to the club. He clearly could have gone to another club in
England but quite rightly feels he is up to testing himself in other
If he does return to coach at Liverpool then it will be a great acquisition
for the Merseyside club. No doubt Hyypia will enjoy handing down the tips he
used to keep the likes of Thierry Henry and Ruud Van Nistelrooy quiet when they
were at their most rampant in the early years of the 21st
The thing that makes his departure such an issue for Liverpool fans is that
he was at the helm for a lot of their success and also experienced the real
lows. FA Cup and European victories played a large part in his life and career,
but he also knew what it felt like to get sent off at Old Trafford before his
side lost 4-0.
Hyypia is a Premier League legend and will continue to appear in future top
ten lists of defenders to have played in this country. The offer of an open
door despite his move to Germany is a small reward for an idol. He will be