Hyypia only wishes he’d won title

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Sami Hyypia will say his farewell to Liverpool and its fans on Sunday when he plays his final game for the club in front of the Kop against Tottenham.

Hyypia leaves after ten years of service to the club with a medal haul that boasts honours from the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup, Community Shield, Super Cup, and European Cup. But a Premier League winners medal is missing from his dazzling collection.

“I know the fans only want one thing and that’s what is missing for me too,” said the big Finn, who will leave to probably see out his career at Bayer Leverkusen. “It would have been such a great achievement for the club, for the team and for me to win the Premier League, but it wasn’t to be.”

Former Reds captain Hyypia can expect a legends goodbye when he kicks a ball for the last time at Anfield this weekend after being an integral part of success under both Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez ‘“ and he says he doesn’t quite know what to expect.

“I think it will only be after I’ve finally left that I’ll be able to sit back and realise what we’ve done in my 10 years,” he continued.

“It’s hard to take in now. Coming from Finland, it’s not usual that you have this kind of career in one of the top teams in the world. Maybe it will only come later when I fully appreciate what I’ve done.

“But yes, it is nice to be remembered here. We’ve achieved quite a lot as a team and as a club and I am very happy with what we have done together.

“I’ve said before that the club and the fans have been so good to me. I’ve never had to look elsewhere because everything has always been so good for me here. It has been special.”

  • Read Paul Jones’ tribute to Hyypia here.
  • See what Rafa Benitez has to say on the Reds’ living legend here.
  • To mark the end of the 30-year wait for a league title, the ‘Liverpool Mishmash’ poster is available to order exclusively on This Is Anfield — the history of the Reds in one image!

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