Liverpool great Jamie Carragher has hailed the signing of centre-back partner Sami Hyypia as one of the best transfers of the Premier League era.
The Reds have made a number of big money flop signings in recent years, including Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Robbie Keane.
However, they have also had some success stories, which are sometimes forgotten and Hyypia, who joined for just £2.5million in 1999 from Dutch side Willem II is certainly one of them.
Former teammate Carragher also recognised the success of the signing and he has claimed the signing of the Finland international is one of the best pieces of business that the Premier League has seen.
“One of the greatest signings, not just in Liverpool’s history – £2.5m from a small team in the Netherlands – but also in Premier League history,” told Carragher to Sky Sports’ Fantasy Football Club.
“I think of the service he gave Liverpool, 10 years. The only thing he really lacked was a bit of pace, but the fact that you very rarely saw him done for pace showed that he read the game fantastically well. Brilliant in the air and fantastic on the floor as well.”
Hyypia starred in 458 matches for Liverpool during his 10 year period at the club before he eventually left for German side Bayer Leverkusen in 2009 after his contract expired with the Reds.
He ended his career in Merseyside with two FA Cups, two league Cups and one UEFA Cup, while arguably his most notable honour came as he played the full 90 minutes and extra time alongside Carragher in Liverpool’s famous Champions League victory over AC Milan in 2005.