Hyypia holds out hope of dream Liverpool job

Former Liverpool captain Sami Hyypia has revealed that managing the Reds would be his dream job, the Daily Express has reported.

Hyypia, currently in charge of Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, served Liverpool as a player for a decade, captaining the Anfield club for much of his time before moving to Leverkusen – as a player – in 2009.

He retired shortly after and was appointed Coach in April 2012 following the sacking of Robin Dutt, in tandem with Sascha Lewandowski, due to regulations over coaching badges. Hyypia later took sole control and has enjoyed a positive start to his tenure, with Leverkusen currently third in the Bundesliga table.

And while Hyypia is not looking past his current position, he admits that the Liverpool post is one of two that appeals greatly, albeit for different reasons. “I have two special places in my heart,” Hyypia told German publication Bild. “I was born in Finland. And there the national team coach is the biggest job.

Liverpool has a different place in my heart. I will not say that it is a goal, but after the 10 years that I played there, it would be a dream someday to be Liverpool manager. But I live in the here and the now. And that is Bayer Leverkusen, and it is great fun.

Hyypia moved to Merseyside from Dutch club Willem II, going on to play 460 times for Liverpool, scoring 35 goals, and winning a clutch of trophies and awards, both as part of the team and individually. Hyypia claimed two FA Cups, the UEFA Cup, two League Cups and the Champions League, among other prizes, and also has 105 Finland caps to his name.

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