Why Sami Hyypia is Liverpool’s best signing of the Premier League era and more important than the likes of Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk
“I’m going Sami Hyypia over Mo Salah…”
You’d have to look pretty far to find a Liverpool fan who sees Sami Hyypia as a better signing than Mohamed Salah but that’s what Jamie Carragher believes.
The former Red picked his former teammate as Liverpool’s best signing in the Premier League era, ahead of the likes of Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson and Luis Suarez.
Hyypia joined Liverpool from Willem II for £2.6million in 1999 and was at the club for ten years.
He played a huge part in Liverpool’s treble winning season, which saw them lift the League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup in 2001 and was the club captain between 2002-03.
The Fin is well thought of by many Kopites but he could never get Liverpool to win the Premier League, something Salah, Van Dijk and Robertson have all done.
So why is Hyypia Liverpool’s best signing of the Premier League era?
Carragher explained: “This is not who the best player is, this is pound-for-pound.
“And the reason Hyypia is on that list is because when I think of where Liverpool were in 1999, they were a team finishing sixth and seventh in the league.
“That team was known as a weak team, got bullied. He [Hyypia] came in and over the next ten years, he was never injured, and Liverpool went from a soft touch to a team that was mentally and physically very strong and he was a massive part of that.
“The success we had with Gerard Houllier and Rafael Benitez was built on defence. It was built on solidity and that was built on his signing.
“The price tag, the never being injured, the ten years of service and the trophies that he won, that’s why he’s top.”