Why Liverpool should not appoint Sami Hyypia to the coaching staff just yet

Sami Hyypia

Hyypia has been the man that Liverpool fans seem to want as a defensive coach, should the Reds eventually appoint one.

Sami Hyypia handed in his resignation as manager of Brighton yesterday, and already it seems he is in demand, with many Liverpool fans wanting their much loved former defender back at the club in a coaching capacity.

Liverpool's defensive problems have been well-documented, having conceded 50 goals in the Premier League alone last term, with their frailties continuing this term where they have only managed to keep the three clean sheets so far.

But the Reds should refrain from appointing the Finn, for now at least. The Reds are currently at an awkward stage of their campaign where they seem to be making changes to the way their play, and for now it probably isn't advisable to bring in another person into the conversation until that style has settled a little.

Secondly, there is the issue with Hyypia. At the moment he is likely to be a little wounded from what has gone on in his coaching career over the past year or so. Having been high flying with Bayer Leverkusen last season, he was sacked when their form took a turn for the worse, and the side had many weaknesses to it. One only has to look at the two Champions League encounters with Manchester United, where David Moyes's side managed to score a total of nine goals over the course of their group games see it wasn't set up great defensively, whilst Brighton have conceded 30 goals in 22 games in the Championship this term, though a lack of goals [22] is a big reason for their current predicament.

One man who could have a key role in whether or not Hyypia's expertise will be well used at Liverpool is Emre Can. Having signed for the Reds from Leverkusen in the summer, he will be well positioned to describe how the Finn sets up his sides, whilst players still at the club from Hyypia's time at Anfield can offer their insight as to what he was like.

There is of course the argument that the Finn would do a greater job just having that focus rather than overseeing the entire side. He is someone that knows the club, and given Brendan Rodgers' appointments to the academy during his time at the club thus far, it would fit in with the idea of brining in well-respected individuals who know the club to help out in some capacity.

Rodgers has distanced himself from the idea the Reds need a defensive coach but there needs to be something done to address Liverpool's fragility at the back. Discussions should take place with Hyypia, but he also needs a break from the coaching environment so Liverpool get him at his best, and refreshed rather than in the haze of two managerial posts that haven't worked out for him.

It is a question of timing. An appointment in the short term could probably take things further in the wrong direction and it may work out, but if the decision has been well thought and Hyypia is at his best, then it is under those circumstances the Reds legend should return to the club.

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