I had to do a double take when I read the news, even though it isn’t all that surprising. Sami Hyypia, of 460 plus games over 10 years of service, will be leaving the club at the end of the season, joining Bayer Leverkusen on a free transfer. It’s not a coincidence that the news didn’t come out until the Agger deal was done and dusted.
A former captain, with a haul of a Champions League medal, a UEFA Cup medal, two FA Cup medals, two Carling Cup medals, two UEFA Super Cups, and two Charity Shields. The only thing missing is the league. His goals against Juventus and Arsenal in Europe, among others. He’s been half of two of the best defensive partnerships in Liverpool history, along with Henchoz and then Carragher.
For £2.5m, he’s up there with the best pound for pound signings in club history – company like King Kenny for £440,000, Rushie for £300,000 and Keegan for £33,000 (no, I’m not missing any zeroes).
It’s a shame he couldn’t see his career out at Liverpool, but he’s got a two-year deal at Leverkusen, which Liverpool couldn't (and, sadly, probably shouldn't) offer him, and he’s not staying in England. As usual, Sami doesn’t do the club wrong. A proper legend – all the best on your two-year stay in Germany, then here’s hoping he’s back at the club in a coaching role.
And here’s hoping we don’t have to wait long for his testimonial. Because Sami’s sure earned it.