Former Liverpool hero in talks over Championship manager job – how he can help the Reds

Sami Hyypia

Former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia is in the running to become the new Brighton manager – but how can the Reds benefit?

Hyypia, 40, arrived at Anfield from Dutch side Willem II in 1999, and despite the limited expectations from the Finn, he went on to become a Liverpool legend, making almost 500 appearances for the Reds before moving on to Bayer Leverkusen in 2009.

It was with the German outfit where Hyypia made his managerial debut, teaming up with Sascha Lewandowski as co-managers in April 2012, before taking the job solo just over a year later.

Despite a 54% win percentage over his total time as a manager the BayArena, Hyypia was sacked in April following a string of poor results – but he may not have to wait long to get back into football, after it was this week reported that Championship side Brighton are looking to make the former defender their new manager.

The Seagulls lost their playoff semi-final against Derby County, prompting manager Oscar Garcia to resign, and ambitious Albion have opened talks with Hyypia this week over the job.

Whilst some had hoped that Hyypia would join Brendan Rodgers' coaching staff at Anfield, there is another way the Finn can help out his old side – by offering first team football to some of the youngsters on Merseyside.

The likes of Andre Wisdom and Conor Coady have benefited from being loaned out to Football League sides this season, and after seeing the outstanding development of Jon Flanagan and Raheem Sterling, Liverpool boss Rodgers may look to place a focus on his young players.

And Brighton – a club renowned for playing attractive, attacking football – could be a great place for the likes of Martin Kelly, Jack Robinson, Joao Teixeira, Jordon Ibe and Samed Yesil to either regain their form or gain valuable first-team experience.

A link between the two clubs would allow for Liverpool's players to develop at a club who have helped the likes of Jesse Lingard and Jonathan Obika (Manchester United and Tottenham, respectively) to play games at a high level – and that's better than implementing any 'B' team system.

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