Brendan Rodgers should be smiling like a Cheshire Cat after Sami Hyypia was snapped up to coach Brighton in the Championship for the next three years.
The Liverpool legend and former centre-back was out of work since his departure from German giants Bayer Leverkusen last season and he’s decided the second tier of English football is where he wants to repair his reputation.
Hyypia has always maintained a positive relationship with former club Liverpool and Rodgers can benefit from the link in a number of ways looking ahead to next season.
The most obvious is that Liverpool now have an obvious supply line to a Championship side, which they can use to give younger players and fringe first team stars more regular first team football.
Brighton would surely be open to loan deals for several Liverpool players, which will aid Rodgers’ first team in the long term.
Rodgers has overcrowding in certain positions in his squad and that’s something that he’ll be looking to rectify next year.
A good example is right-back and Andre Wisdom’s return to the club means Rodgers faces starting next season with three right-backs in the form of Wisdom and the more experienced Glen Johnson alongside Jon Flanagan.
Liverpool’s academy system is one of the best in England but the development and progression of youth stars can only reach a certain level playing for the under-18 and under-21 sides.
The Championship is one of the most difficult leagues around because of the extreme physical nature of the football to go hand in hand with the pace and the pressure of trying to reach the Premier League.
The stakes are greater than they ever have been for sides in the Championship and Rodgers could feel that the experience and pressure of the second flight is exactly what some of his youngsters need.
It will be interesting to see exactly who Rodgers offers up to Brighton next season, but a combination of players could benefit the Sussex club and they in turn will return to Anfield as stronger and more consistent professionals.