Liverpool legend dreams of 'special' Anfield job

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Liverpool legend Sami Hyypia says it would be 'great' to one day return to the club as manager, although the Bayer Leverkusen boss has played down the idea that he is targeting Brendan Rodgers' job.

The 40-year-old spent 10 glorious years at Anfield, playing 460 times for the Reds and winning an array of trophies, including the Champions League, the UEFA Cup and two FA Cups.

Hyypia spent much of his time at Liverpool as the club's captain and his leadership skills and ability to read the game always marked out the former Finland international as management material. It came as no surprise, then, that he was given the Leverkusen job after he retired.

The Kop icon has impressed at the helm the Bundesliga club, leading the club into the Champions League, where they meet Manchester United on Wednesday, and to second place in the German top-flight.

Liverpool supporters will surely be keeping a keen eye on their former skipper as he faces their great foes in Europe's premier club competition and, in the build-up to the encounter, Hyypia admitted he would love to go back to the team where he made his name.

He told Sky Sports: "Many people have asked me - 'Where would I want to manage?'

"There are two special places for me; I was at Liverpool for 10 years so that would be great.

"That doesn't mean it's a target - but it would be something special.

"And I come from Finland - and the Finnish national coach is the biggest job there. It's also not a target but it would be great."

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