Sami Hyypia open to Anfield return

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Sami Hyypia admits he would be interested in rejoining Liverpool as part of Brendan Rodgers' coaching staff.

Hyypia spent ten years at the Reds during his playing career, winning six major trophies including the Champions League in 2005 and the FA Cup, UEFA Cup and League Cup treble in 2001.

The former Finland international has spent time managing Bayer Leverkusen and Brighton and Hove Albion since hanging his boots up in 2011, however is currently out of a job.

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Liverpool have recently relieved both Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh from Rodgers' back-room staff since the Northern Irishman attended an end of season meeting with club owners, Fenway Sports Group last week. It leaves Rodgers without any allies alongside him and will be desperate for new recruits to join him before pre-season training begins in July.

Pako Ayestranan, who was Rafa Benitez's assistant manager from 2004-2007, has been rumoured for an Anfield return, and Hyypia confesses he would also relish the opportunity to work with his former side.

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“It would be great to work for a club which I love,” the 41-year-old told the Guardian.

“I would definitely be interested if Liverpool think I could help them. I have great memories of my time at the club.

“My rise in management was rapid and I have been thinking a lot about things while I have been out. If there were no interesting opportunities as a manager, then I would be ready to be an assistant.

"That sort of role would give me a lot of experience. It wouldn’t be a problem for me. I feel ready to go into football again. You look at yourself and I am enthusiastic about getting back into the game.”

Improvements At The Back

There's no denying that Liverpool's defensive record over the past two seasons has not been good enough. In the past two years they've conceded an astonishing 98 goals in the Premier League which for a club who has Champions League ambitions, is not up to scratch.

Dejan Lovren moved to Anfield last summer from Southampton and Kopites hoped he could replace Jamie Carragher's presence as a leader at the back. However, the Croat's move has been a significant anti-climax and has failed to impress during his time on Merseyside.

Likewise, many still do not trust Mamadou Sakho nor Martin Skrtel, especially when the ball is around the 18-yard box with the masses believing a penalty will be given away sooner rather than later.

Hyypia is one of Liverpool's greatest ever centre-backs and formed rock solid partnerships with Carragher and Stephan Henchoz from 1999-2009. He learned his trade under Gerard Houllier and Benitez, two coaches who's priorities were to be strong in defence and build from there. 

Rodgers' philosophy lies within the final third of the pitch as he encourages attacking-minded football. This was well and good last season when Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge were scoring goals for fun, however, this campaign it has not worked as the Reds have not had a out-and-out goalscorer. 

Hence, it could be time to strengthen at the back and stop giving away sloppy goals. If Hyypia was to join the Anfield back-room staff he would bring a wealth of Premier League experience that could see his former side improve.

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