Liverpool miss out on legend signing

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Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed that the club failed in a bid to sign former defender Sami Hyypia.

The Finnish defender became a legend at Anfield during his first spell with the club, playing for Liverpool for a decade between 1999 and 2009.

After emotionally leaving the club to join Bayer Leverkusen at the end of his contract, Hyypia has gone on to become an influential player for the Bundesliga side, featuring in 32 league matches last season.

Hodgson notes that the 36-year-old centre half's importance to Leverkusen was one of the key factors in not being able to bring the player back to the Premier League.

"I'm a bit disappointed that my attempts to bring Sami Hyypia back failed," the former Fulham boss told fan site Click Liverpool.

"It only failed because he's so important to Bayer Leverkusen. We couldn't get him out of his contract. Unfortunately he was let go at the end of the season before last and we can't get him back. He's too valuable to them."

Hodgson has previously worked with Hyypia in the Finland national side, but will have to wait if he wants to bring the veteran who played 464 times for the club back to Merseyside.

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