Liverpool legend Sami Hyypia has been appointed interim manager of Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, following the sacking of Robin Dutt on Sunday.

Dutt's departure comes after less than a season in command at the BayArena and with Leverkusen facing the prospect of missing out on European competition next season.

Bayer suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to struggling Freiburg on Saturday, and are now 11 points adrift of fourth placed Borussia Monchengladbach.

Hyypia ended his playing career with Bayer last season, and will take joint control of first-team affairs until the end of the current campaign.

The former Liverpool captain has been named as 'team chief' while under-19 coach Sascha Lewandowski will share responsibilities.

Hyypia made 460 appearances for Liverpool during ten seasons at Anfield, while he scored 35 goals for the Merseyside club.

The ex-Finland international was a member of two FA Cup winning sides, while he also has a Champions League winners' medal following the dramatic triumph in Istanbul against AC Milan almost seven years ago.

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