A TV cameraman brought Sami to LFC's attention
Did you know Sami Hyypia was brought to Liverpool's attention by a TV cameraman. A chance meeting with former Liverpool chief executive Peter Robinson saw the Reds move quickly to sign the Finnish defender and bring him to Anfield.
Peter Robinson said: "It was mid-way through the 1998-99 season when there was a knock on the door of my office at Anfield. I had never met the chap. He came in and introduced himself as a cameraman who covered football in Europe. He knew we were looking for a strong defender and recommended we take a look at Sami, who was playing for Willem, one of the smaller Dutch clubs. That is how it all started. I passed the message on to Gerard and, over the next few months, members of the staff went to Holland to watch him on several occasions.
"We knew Sunderland were also interested but there was a general perception that because of his size, Sami might be too slow for English football. That was not the opinion formed by our backroom staff. Ron, Yeats, Phil Thompson, the late Tom Saunders and Patrice Bergues all thought he was the player we were looking for and, when Gerard confirmed that, we opened talks to bring him to Anfield."