Hyypia: Leaving Liverpool was very emotional

Sami Hyypia is grateful for his time at Liverpool.

Sami Hyypia is grateful for his time at Liverpool.

He left Anfield in 2009 to take on a player/coach role at Bayer Leverkusen - but he still thinks of his time on Merseyside with great fondness.

Hyypia told BBC Sport: "The day I signed my contract with Liverpool, that's one day I will never forget because Liverpool was my favourite team when I was younger and it was a dream come true.

"I was there a long time and I had to leave friends there - it was a bit emotional.

"Now I think of my Liverpool career with joy, especially the fans - I always had a good relationship with Liverpool fans. I guess they saw I always tried my best on the pitch.

"I made mistakes as well and hopefully they forgive me for those mistakes and hopefully I did more good things than mistakes."

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