Recently Sami Hyypiä reached the all time top 25 in appearances made for Liverpool.
“It took me by surprise when I heard about it. It does feel like a significant thing to me. There’s only been eleven players who have made more than 500 appearances for the club” says Hyypiä while having dinner in a restaurant in Liverpool city centre.
It’s Saturday night and it’s only a few hours since Liverpool defeated Chelsea 2-0 in a match where manager Rafael Benitez decided to keep Hyypiä on the bench.
Hyypiä is six games off 400 appearances for Liverpool. If he can’t reach that milestone this spring Sami must consider his options. At the moment, however, there is no need to worry.
“Throughout the autumn people were asking me how do I feel not to be playing regularly, ‘Should I move elsewhere to be able to play more?’”
“I said then that I’ll have to wait and see until the end of the season in May. If I then feel I haven’t had enough matches, Í’ll have to do something about it. I’ll go into Benítez’s office and tell him that I feel I have played too few games this season. What can we do about it?”
Hyypiä will not walk into the manager’s office demanding more games, but simply to find out about his options: is a loan move or a permanent transfer more suitable?
”In May I will face the situation where, if I feel I haven’t played enough, it might be better for me to move away from Liverpool.
Sami’s contract runs out in the summer of 2008.
“If I could get one more year after that I would complete a full decade here. That fact is playing on my mind a little bit, but obviously these things are not down to me only” he says.
If his role diminishes further Hyypiä must start looking around.
“It’s hugely important for me also because Finland’s Euro 2008 qualification campaign is in full flow and I want to be fully fit to play a part in that. If I don’t play at all at club level it will obviously have an effect on my performances in the qualifiers as well.”
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