Paying 2.6 million to Willem II to get Sami Hyypiä is the best transfer Liverpool have ever made. This hit Sky Sports soccer expert Jimmy Carragher. “Nobody heard of Sami when he arrived,” recalls Carragher.
British TV channel Sky Sports had successful recruits in the Premier League as the subject, and when it came the turn of title holders Liverpool, Hyypiä was put in the spotlight.
Channel expert – and old team art teammate – Jamie Carragher was the one who picked the club’s five most successful purchases. When he was choosing the best recruiter out of them all, Finn was chosen.
It is not about who is the best, this is a comparison between the pound and the pound. Sami Heybiya played for Liverpool for ten years, and he was never injured, and Liverpool turned into a mentally and physically strong team, and Sami had a big role in it, as his former Finnish colleague explained in the studio.
– His price, the fact that he was unharmed, his 10 years at the club and the titles in which he played an important role – so he tops the list with him, spurred Kara.
Jimmy Carragher was backup teammate with Hyypiä at Liverpool.
Jimmy Carragher and Sami Hibia, Liverpool 2007.
Bild: Rex Features Ltd 2012 / All Over Press
Liverpool paid 2.6 million pounds for Hyypiä in 1999, which is equivalent to 3.1 million euros at today’s exchange rate. Carragher said he chose between Hibya and Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian star was bought in 2017 for 39 million pounds from Rome.
The list also included Luis Suarez, Andy Robertson, and current full-back Virgil Van Dyck.
Sami is no better than Virgil van Dijk, but Van Dijk’s signature was a new world record and then he presented it as expected. Carragher recalled that no one had heard or seen Sami playing when he arrived.