Former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia celebrated his 46th birthday on Monday.
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The Finn was something of a legend at Anfield, and was an ever-present at centre-back as he represented the Reds for 10 years between 1999-2009. In total he made 464 appearances for the club during his stay, scoring 35 goals (via Transfermarkt).
He also helped Liverpool win a whole host of silverware. Indeed, whilst he was at the Merseyside club they won several domestic trophies including two FA Cups, two League Cups and two Community Shields.
However, perhaps more memorably he was also a key player as they won continental trophies, including the UEFA Cup in 2000/01 and of course the UEFA Champions League in 2004/05.
After leaving in 2009 he joined Bayer Leverkusen for two years before retiring. He then went into management in 2012, first taking charge at Leverkusen before also having stints at Brighton & Hove Albion and FC Zurich.
It is fair to say that Hyypia is fondly remembered by Liverpool fans after such a long, and successful spell at Anfield. So it came as no surprise when the club posted on their official Twitter account to wish their former player happy birthday.
In response, several Reds supporters also sent their best wishes to the player whilst also reminiscing about the days when he was marshalling their defence. Here is what some of them had to say…
The legend Sami Hyypia. Wishing you a Very Happy Birthday. pic.twitter.com/T979vt2MzT
— The Scouse Foodie (@SalilG_LFC) October 7, 2019
The first name I ever got on a jersey was Sami when I was about 14. What’s player and a great captain.
— Paul (@PaulM8314) October 7, 2019
Loved him command our backline for a decade, and drive the ball out with majesty and composure,
Captain Sami, Our Captain!
Happy 46, Legend!🙏🏼🎉🎂❤️👏🏼👍🏼👋🏼 pic.twitter.com/BZPXqV9S13
— fran (@fran63645593) October 7, 2019
Great servant to this great football club happy Birthday sami
— Dozie Orizu (@DozieOrizu1) October 7, 2019
One of my favourite player …… Thankful , grateful , blessed we got Sami Hyypia , unfortunately he did not win us the EPL title , but he did brought us the 2005 European Cup at Istanbul
— Red Dynasty (@YNWA_Sgp) October 7, 2019
Best Liverpool defender of the Premier League era
— Robert Connon (@tartanmarvel89) October 7, 2019
The tower of power.. one of my all time fave players.. happy birthday big man…
— dåñdåmåñ VI (@danthem58790336) October 7, 2019
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