Saturday 18 May 2013

On this day: Sami Hyypia bolsters Liverpool defence

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the day the Finland defender came to Anfield

  • Sami Hyypia only earned one red card in 318 matches in the Barclays Premier League

  • The Kop showed their appreciation for the Finn in his final match for Liverpool

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 18 May 1999 Sami Hyypia joins Liverpool

Four years after nearly signing for Newcastle United, Sami Hyypia joined the Barclays Premier League with Liverpool.

The Finland defender had had a trial in the north-east in 1995 but a move did not materialise and he moved to the Netherlands. But after guiding Willem II to the UEFA Champions League in the Netherlands Hyppia, then 25, moved to Anfield, something he had dreamed of as a child.

“The day I signed my contract with Liverpool, that's one day I will never forget because Liverpool was my favourite team when I was younger and it was a dream come true," he later told the BBC.

"The day I signed my contract with Liverpool is one I'll never forget"
Sami Hyypia

Hyypia became acting captain in the 2000/01 season when Jamie Redknapp got injured and the strong defence he formed with Stephane Henchoz helped him to lift three trophies that campaign, the League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup.

Hyypia stayed 10 seasons at Liverpool, playing 318 Barclays Premier League matches, scoring 22 goals. His one red card in the league was an attestation to the clean way he played and read the game.

In 2009, he left to join Bayer Leverkusen, in the German Bundesliga, where he is now the coach.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember defender Sami Hyypia signing for Liverpool