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Hyypia set to leave Liverpool

2009-05-04 17:19

London - Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia will join Bayer Leverkusen on a two-year deal at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old Finland center back, who has been at Anfield for 10 years and helped Liverpool win the 2005 Champions League, has lost his place alongside Jamie Carragher since the arrival of Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel.

Liverpool said Hyppia underwent a medical with the German club on Monday.

The 1.93-meter Hyppia joined in May 1999 from Dutch club Willem II and became a big favorite with Reds fans after forming a dependable partnership with Stephane Henchoz, helping the team win the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup in the 2000-01 season.

He was made Liverpool captain before the arrival of Steven Gerrard in 2003 and played every minute of 57 consecutive European competition games for the Reds between November 2001 and February 2006.

Hyppia has scored 35 goals in 463 appearances for the Reds, including one in 12 starts this season.

AP

Comments
  • THE SCOUSER - 2009-05-05 08:12

    a legend and servant to liverpool fc, go on sami, wishing you all the best.

  • Shankly's Kin - 2009-05-05 10:56

    He will be missed. I'm sure that his off-field contributions to the club during his twilight, were even more important than those on it. He still is a very solid defender and could be evergreen like Maldini. Just a pity he wasn't keen on a player-coach deal. Hopefully he comes back after the two years to join Rafa's staff. His experience is invaluable. Walk on Sami. I know you'll do well at Leverkussen.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-05 10:57

    GOOD RIDENS TO BAD RUBBISH.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-05 13:44

    what a sad day ! Truly a LFC legend who helped us win 10 trophies in his time here & the best LFC defender that i can remember in my time ! Look at the game at Old Trafford - he had 5 minutes notice to get ready when Arby got injured in training - he came in & made a huge impact !

  • shafi - 2009-05-05 13:46

    to the anonymous user who quoted"good ridens to bad rubbish" first of all, your spelling speaks volumes, you should learn to spell first b4 you jump to conclusions, Sami will be missed at Liverpool, it's a pity he is leaving, you win some, you lose some, he played his heart for the Reds in the 10 years he served, go well Sami, you will be missed

  • Shankly's Kin - 2009-05-05 14:09

    S**** you Anon @ 10:57am. This guy has been and is one the best center-backs in the world and always consistently performs. His records speaks volumes of how good he is. Not many have played "every minute of 57 consecutive" European games. That's amazing for the level of football. He's an awesome player and has served the Reds well. He will go down as one of the Anfield legends. In my opinion, he can still play another 4 years. Pace was never part of his game so he's got none to lose. His tactical awareness is great, and he reads the game well. That's what makes him good. And he will be missed when both Agger and Skyrtel are injured. Look at how well he played against United this season, only finding out 5minutes before the game that he was gonna play. He's world class. Take those words back, Anon. You probably aint a fan of football.

  • Craig - 2009-05-05 14:21

    A true legend, once a red always a red. YNWA

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-05 14:57

    Bunch of idiots.....its like you wanna give him a shot.....this is a comment section......

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-05 15:38

    HE IS RUBBISH

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-05 15:38

    HE IS RUBBISH

  • Man4Life - 2009-05-06 10:16

    I take my hat of for Sami, one of the best defenders in the EPL, good luck and God's speed Sami

  • Nazeem - 2009-05-08 11:06

    Rats starting to desert the ship.... I wonder if the barren trophy cabinet in the past four years has anything to do with it....

  • Nazeem - 2009-05-08 11:06

    Rats starting to desert the ship.... I wonder if the barren trophy cabinet in the past four years has anything to do with it....

  • Marc - 2009-05-08 12:16

    I sense a few Manc supporters here. Amazing on how they come here on this forum about Hyppia, they must be interested, Why dont you focus on how Barca will drill you in the final

  • Charl - 2009-05-08 12:52

    Did Liverpool not beat Arsenal,away, ManU and Chelsea both Home and Away this season? They are the true deserved Premiership champions of 2009 regardless of the next three weeks.

  • THE SCOUSER - 2009-05-08 13:20

    nazeem you idiot, dam glory hunter, you and utd till i die should jump of a cliff together

  • Nazeem - 2009-05-08 16:10

    The SCOUSER @1:20pm... Jumping off a cliff with United is much better than 'NEVER WALKING ALONE' with you losers... :-) I am sure all you Liverpool chaps have bought out the stores as you kit up in Barca colours for the 27th right?? I get that sense from Marc's (another Loserpooler no doubt) comments.... Sorry you guys didnt cut the mustard for Rome hey... Try in another four years time ok?

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