Jamie Carragher has selected his former defensive partner Sami Hyypia as Liverpool’s best signing of the Premier League era.
The ex-Finland international was snapped up by the Reds from Dutch side Willem II in 1999 for a fee of just £2.6m.
Hyypia went on to be a hugely important part of the team for ten years, and won a Champions League, a UEFA Cup, two FA Cups and two League Cups during his time at Anfield.
Carragher also selected Luis Suarez, Andy Robertson, Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk in his top five.
But when asked to explain his answers on Sky Sports, he made it quite clear just how impressed he was with Hyypia.
“Sami is right at the top for me,” Carragher said. “When I think of where Liverpool were in 1999, they were a team finishing in sixth and seventh.
“They were thought of as a weak team and got bullied. Sami came in, played for ten years and was never injured.
“Liverpool went from being known as a soft touch to a team who were mentally and physically very strong, and he was a massive part of that.
“The success we had over the next ten years with Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez was built on defence and solidity, and that started with Hyypia’s signing.
“So when you consider the price tag, never being injured, the ten years service he gave and the trophies he won, I put Sami as No.1.”
There appeared some surprise from Carragher’s co-host Gary Neville that Hyypia was selected above Van Dijk.
But Carragher explained: “Sami’s not a better player than Virgil van Dijk, but Van Dijk was a world record transfer fee for a defender – you’re expecting that impact.
“No one had heard of Sami Hyypia. The impact he had was instrumental.
Neville disagreed, however, saying: “I’d have Gini Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane in before some of those that you had.”