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."