Hyypia set to ink Liverpool contract

Liverpool centre-back Sami Hyypia appears set to sign a new contract this weekend which will extend his stay at Anfield beyond a decade.

The veteran defender's current deal runs out at the end of the season, but Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has spoken of his confidence that talks on an extension will be concluded this week.

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He said: "Rick Parry [chief executive] is due to talk to Sami's agent this weekend, and we hope everything will then be finished."

Hyypia - who has been linked with Fulham and Newcastle - has made it clear he wants to end his top-flight career at Anfield, and is now expected to sign another one-year extension.

The 34-year-old has made no secret of his desire to remain on Merseyside.

Earlier this year, he said: "It would be very nice to get to 10 years at the club, but I'm just concentrating on playing well.

"Whether I stay wouldn't depend on how many games I play. I'm not like that. I'm not interested in somebody promising me something.

"If we have four centre-backs then everyone fights for their place, and performances should determine who plays.

"If I keep playing well then it'll be difficult for the manager to change things."

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