Date: 3rd May 2011 at 1:52pm
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Certainly not a Sami Hyypia. In 1999 Ron Yeats scouted Sami Hyypia whilst he was still playing for Dutch side Willem II. Yeats told Gerard Houllier to go out and buy the Finish centre-back for £2.5million. Who would have thought that at that time, Hyypia would go on to become a Liverpool legend by chalking up 464 caps and scoring 35 goals?

“It’s hard to imagine how much a young Sami would go for now because good centre-backs are hard to find.” said Yeats following the announcement by Hyypia that he will be retiring from playing football at the end of this season.

Hyypia left Liverpool in 2009 after his tremendous service at the club which included winning the treble in 2001 and the Champions League in 2005. Hyypia went on to sign a two year deal with Bayer Leverkusen and now he has decided to hang up his boots after his spell with the German side.

Sami will now take up a place in the coaching staff with the Finland national team and will become assistant manager at Bayer Leverkusen from next season. “I must get a coaching license and then I get the experience of Leverkusen and the national team coaching.” said Hyypia. Hopefully this may lead to Sami returning to Liverpool one day in the coaching department, a role Rafa wanted Hyypia to play before he went off to join Bayer Leverkusen.

OurKop.com would like to wish Sami all the best and thank him yet again for the wonderful service he gave to Liverpool during his playing career with the club.