Ask Liverpool fans which former player they would like to bring back and put on the coaching staff, and you could bet that a sizeable percentage would select legendary former central defender Sami Hyppia.
And it appears the former Liverpool hero is ready to come home, according to quotes in the Guardian - possibly at the perfect time considering both Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh have left the club recently
“It would be great to work for a club which I love,” said Hyypia. “I would definitely be interested if Liverpool think I could help them. I have great memories of my time at the club.
“My rise in management was rapid and I have been thinking a lot about things while I have been out. If there were no interesting opportunities as a manager, then I would be ready to be an assistant. That sort of role would give me a lot of experience. It wouldn’t be a problem for me. I feel ready to go into football again. You look at yourself and I am enthusiastic about getting back into the game.”
The giant Finn spent 10 years at Anfield as a player, making 466 appearances for the Reds and scoring 35 times in what was a successful spell in terms of winning cup competitions.
Liverpool won two FA Cups, two League Cups, two Community Shields, two Uefa Super Cup, one Uefa Cup, and of course, the famous Champions League Istanbul final.
Hyppia left Anfield for Bayer Leverkusen, before taking up management in Germany at the club. He had a short flawed spell in charge at Brighton last season, but lost six of the South Coast side's 26 matches. For a long time, as Hyppia looked to make his way in coaching, there has been support in the former defender returning to Melwood in a training capacity, as defensive coach or assistant manager.
Much of his early time at the club was spent as captain, before handing over the role to Steven Gerrard, and considering the Anfield faithful are preparing to start a new season without their former captain marvel for the first time in 17 years, perhaps the return of 41-year-old Hyppia as assistant manager can be a small crumb of comfort.