04 May 2009

Oh Sami, Sami

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.


iskoppa said...

He will be greatly missed by me and many, many other Reds around the World! All the very best and good luck for the future Sami!

Mike Georger said...

Such a class act. For my money, he's been the best overall defender in England since his arrival. Sad to see him go, but glad it's on his terms and it's not to an English side. Hopefully he'll get loads of playing time and not get fucked like Didi did when he left.

Look forward to seeing him and Carra coaching together in five years time.

irfaanfr said...

Sami The legend thank u 4 everything!

Ben Teague said...

Absolute legend. He should have finished his career at Anfield, as I can't seeing him getting many more games at Leverkusen. I wonder who will come in, as we will need 4 proper centre backs.

nate said...

If there's any justice in this world, the 4th CB will be Mikel San Jose or Martin Kelly. There is no need to spend money on the position with the talent in the reserve squad.

You have two good, young CBs in the reserves, Rafa. Please use them.

Ben Teague said...

True Nate, its about time a reserve player came through the ranks. I was hoping Hobbs was going to come through but I heard yesterday that he has signed permanently for Leicester.