Liverpool fans react on Twitter to Sami Hyypia's sacking: "Their loss could be our gain..."

Sami Hyypia

Former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia has paid the price for a poor run of form, as the Leverkusen manager lost his job today.

Hyypia took his first steps into coaching two years ago as he became joint-caretaker manager at Bayer Leverkusen alongside Sascha Lewandowski after the sacking of Robin Dutt, and the two took permanent charge just over a month later. In 2013, Lewandowski chose to coach the youth team, leaving Hyypia in sole charge of the Bundesliga side.

Whilst his tenure in charge of the club has been largely successful - 57% win percentage whilst in dual charge, 51% in sole charge - a recent run of one win in the last nine games was compounded by last night's 2-1 defeat to Hamburg, and Hyypia has paid the price by losing his job.

Many Liverpool fans still hold the former Finish international in high regard after making nearly 500 appearances for the Reds, and there were plenty hoping that the ex-centre back would be offered the chance to join Brendan Rodgers' coaching staff at Anfield in order to help their defence for the title run-in.













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