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100PWSTK: 10. Sami Hyypia

Date of birth: October 7, 1973
Place of birth: Porvoo
Nationality: Finnish
Position: Centre-back
Years at the club: 1999-2009
Signed from: Willem II
Left for: Bayer Leverkusen
Position in 2006 poll: 38

Appearances: 464
Goals: 35
Honours with LFC: 1 Champions League (2004-05), 2 FA Cups (2000-01, 2005-06), 2 League Cups (2000-01, 2002-03), 1 UEFA Cup (2000-01)
Did you know? Hyypia was named Finnish player of the year nine times
Where is he now? Manager of Bayer Leverkusen

"Everyone talks about foreign players like Zola, Henry and Bergkamp but they never look at Sami. In terms of consistency he’s well up there with them, there’s no doubt about it. Maybe he can’t do something out of the blue every now and again but every week, for nine months of the season, Sami Hyypia is your man. He’s definitely one of the best foreign players this country has ever seen." - Jamie Carragher.


I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

I hope you dance


3 years ago today (24th May 2009), Sami Hyypia played his 464th and final game for Liverpool FC after a decade at Anfield.

"Sami has been an absolutely magnificent servant to this football club. He came in and showed his worth immediately. He was made captain of the club and even when the decision was taken to make a change and give the armband to Steven Gerrard, the dignity he showed was brilliant and reflected tremendously well on him as a person. To spend 10 years at the same club is a remarkable achievement, and even more so when that club is Liverpool and the demands to succeed year after year are exceptionally high. But Sami’s performance levels have always been very, very high. When he first arrived people commented that he wasn’t quick - but over the years he hasn’t lost any of that pace because he didn’t have too much to start with! He reads the game so well and has made a massive contribution - at both ends of the pitch - to Liverpool Football Club."
- Kenny Dalglish