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Rory Fitzgerald

Sami Hyypia

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No doubt there is oodles to discuss about Liverpool now, but a different angle could be taken if topics are scarce.

 

Sami Hyypia and what he has given to Liverpool football club.

 

He was gentleman. Played with a smile on his face almost all the time.

 

He co-shared the FA Cup and UEFA Cup with Redknapp and Robbie but when it came to the Charity Shield and we beat Utd in 2002, he thrust a meaningless trophy towards the heavens on his own as if it was the most precious award in the world. Loved that passion.

 

Came from nowhere, integrated well, became captain, handed it to Gerrard very graciously with no antics, accepted his bit part role in 2005 when Pellegrino came and stepped up in the CL, welcomed Agger, welcomed Skrtel, held his own.

 

Basically, the man was a tonic for the club when he came. You will notice from above I touched on items not linked to his ability as a footballer. I dont want to get started because I will not stop.

 

Its an idea to let the contributors eulogise - feck it, Big Sam deserves a podcast for himself :lol: just to remember the great memories he gave us.

 

 

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Was thinking about him the other night watching Carlos Puygol (of all people) in El Clásico, mainly due to his sheer hard work, excellent reading of the game and fearless attitude (not to mention the vital blocks).

 

I don't know how many teams are crying out for a proper centre back like Sami now, but there's a lot of them. Dominant in the air and an excellent defender.

 

The big money lashed on, at best, second rate defenders now is amazing - look on in awe at how he brings the ball out of defence.

 

Who cares if he can't clear a corner, doesn't like to tackle, won't throw himelf in front of a shot and can't concentrate for long periods or communicate with his team mates?

 

And don't get me started on these so-called 'hard men', who are mainly all talk and tattoos.

 

He was never going to represent Finland in the 100 metres, but he did everything he had to do and did it very well. A proper leader too. Just a great centre back all round really.

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Was thinking about him the other night watching Carlos Puygol (of all people) in El Clásico, mainly due to his sheer hard work, excellent reading of the game and fearless attitude (not to mention the vital blocks).

 

I don't know how many teams are crying out for a proper centre back like Sami now, but there's a lot of them. Dominant in the air and an excellent defender.

 

The big money lashed on, at best, second rate defenders now is amazing - look on in awe at how he brings the ball out of defence.

 

Who cares if he can't clear a corner, doesn't like to tackle, won't throw himelf in front of a shot and can't concentrate for long periods or communicate with his team mates?

 

And don't get me started on these so-called 'hard men', who are mainly all talk and tattoos.

 

He was never going to represent Finland in the 100 metres, but he did everything he had to do and did it very well. A proper leader too. Just a great centre back all round really.

 

I'm delighted we won the Manc game 1-4 for his sake because he was my 3rd choice* as MOTM in the thread by Morse. He came in at the last minute and when we were under pressure after going 1-2 up, he was immense in the 2nd half. Its great to remember that he had his last great/b] game in a match when we beat the Mancs 1-4.

 

*When you win 1-4 away from home to Mancs you have to give your attackers the nod in Gerrard and Torres though Sami was pushing them hard.

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