Liverpool legend dreaming of manager job
Bayer Leverkusen boss admits it would be a ‘dream’ to return to the Reds
Former Liverpool favourite Sami Hyypia has confessed his ambition to return to the club at some point during his managerial career.
Hyypia made his name during a 10-year spell with the Reds, where he made 460 appearances, many as skipper, and was a colossus in defence as the Reds won the Champions League in 2005.
Since an emotional farewell from Anfield back in 2009, the former Finland international has become boss of Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, and led his team to an
impressive third-place finish domestically and Champions League qualification last season.
But speaking to the German newspaper Bild, Hyypia revealed he would love to coach his former side in the future, and also his national team.
"I have got two special places in my heart. I was born in Finland, and there the job as the national team coach is the biggest job," he said.
"Liverpool has the other place in my heart. I don’t want to say, 'That's my goal', but after the 10 years I played there, it would also be a dream to one day be the Liverpool manager.
He added: "I live in the here and now, and that means Bayer Leverkusen, which gives me a lot of pleasure."
Hyypia is the second-highest capped player in Finland’s history after featuring 105 times in a white and blue shirt, and became their first-choice captain in 2008.
At Anfield he was always the first name on the team-sheet, as he won the Champions League, two FA Cups, two League Cups and a UEFA Cup during his outstanding 10 years there.
After an impressive start to his managerial career, he has outlined his pedigree even further this year, with his Leverkusen side only one point off leaders Borussia Dortmund with six wins in seven games so far.
However, there will not be any managerial vacancies at Liverpool in the near future, with boss Brendan Rodgers having created a dangerous-looking side that is second in the Premier League at present.
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