On this day in 1999 Liverpool signed Finnish centre back Sami Hyypia.
Joining the Reds from Dutch side Willem II for the meagre fee of £2.5 million little did the Anfield faithful know that Sami would go on to become one of Liverpool’s finest defenders of the Premier League era. The Finn was composed at the back and led by example, quickly establishing himself as the focal point of both Gerard Houllier’s and Rafa Benitez’s back lines.
Partnering the likes of Stephane Henchoz, Daniel Agger and Jamie Carragher at the back, Hyypia went on to have a wildly successful career at Liverpool, winning that iconic 2001 treble as well as the Champions League and a second FA Cup in 2006. While ever-responsible in defence Sami was no stranger to popping up at the other end with a goal or two, scoring 35 times in his 464 appearances in a Red shirt. After nine years at Anfield, Sami made his final appearance for the Reds as a substitute in a 3-1 win over Tottenham on the final day of the 2008/09 season before departing, although he is still fondly remembered as a Liverpool legend.