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Date of Birth: 7/10/73

Position: Defender

Club: Liverpool

Nationality: Finland

Notes: Finnish international Hyypiä began his career with little known club MyPa Anjalankoski and he helped them lift the Finnish Cup in 1992. He made his international debut against Tunisia and his consistent form attracted the attentions of Dutch outfit Willem II, who signed him in 1995.The 1998-99 season was his most successful in Holland as he captained the club to a place in the Champions League. Moved for £2.6m from Willem II to Liverpool in the summer of 1999 after which he transformed the Liverpool's backline from one of uncertainty to the best defence in the Premiership. This good form led to him being shortlisted for the Player of the Year award in his first season in England.

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