Monday, 4 May 2009

Liverpool legend Sami Hyypia departs

It’s a sad day. One of Liverpool FC's most loyal servants Sami Hyypia is to leave the club at the end of the season. He has agreed to join Bayer Leverkusen on a two year deal reports today’s Telegraph. Hyypia, 36, who underwent a medical at the Bundesliga club this morning and will join his new team-mates after spending a decade on Merseyside, said: "The discussions with Bayer were very positive. They gave me the feeling they wanted to sign me. I look forward to the task in Leverkusen and hope that we will be successful together." The Finnish international was signed to Liverpool by former manager Gerard Houllier for £2.5 million from Dutch side Willem II and has, to date, scored 35 goals in 463 appearances. After making his debut in August 1999, Hyypia forged a solid partnership in the centre of defence with Stephane Henchoz. Hyypia, during his time at Anfield, has won every European and domestic trophy available other than the Premier League and in 2001 as vice-captain, led the team out for much of the season in the absence of the injured Jamie Redknapp. The popular Finn was later handed the captain’s armband on a permanent basis after Redknapp left for Tottenham.

I along with many LFC fans would like to wish Sami the best of luck with his move and will always remember him as being a solid, dedicated defender and a model professional.

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