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Hyypia pledges Reds stay
02 Aug 2007 - 11:17:29
Liverpool's veteran centre-half Sami Hyypia has vowed to stay at Anfield for one more season, despite interest in him from Fulham this summer.
The 33-year-old Finland international has been with the Reds since the summer of 1999, proving to be a bargain £3million capture from Dutch club Willem II.
He faces competition for a starting spot from Daniel Agger, Jamie Carragher and Gabriel Paletta on Merseyside, but is looking forward to the challenge.
Hyypia commented: "I have one more year to go and hopefully I'll play as many games as I did last season.
"After that, I'll see what I'm going to do. Is this my last chance to win the league with Liverpool? We'll see.
"In the last few seasons, we have started slowly in the league and this time around we must do better.
"After the first two months, we can't be nine points behind the top teams. We need to be closer to the top."
Hyypia has made nearly 400 first-team appearances for the Reds, scoring 29 goals since moving to England eight years ago.