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Managing Liverpool is Sami Hyypia's Dream

There may only be one Brendan Rodgers, but there are a few who would like his job—including ex-player Sami Hyypia, for whom a return to the club as manager would be a dream come true.

Dennis Grombkowski

One day, Rafa Benitez is certain he'll return to complete unfinished business by once again taking up the managerial reigns at Liverpool Football Club once again. One day, too, most think Jamie Carragher will end up with a coaching role that could well lead to him eventually managing the club.

If either is to do so, not only will they have to worry about a too-successful Brendan Rodgers holding onto the job, but according to Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller, they'll have to contend with a man poised to lead his side back into the Champions League.

"Sami has all the ingredients to become a great coach," Voller told Sky Deutschland when asked about first-year manager Sami Hyypia. "The only problem is that at some point he will go to Liverpool. This is his dream."

Leverkusen currently stand third in the Bundesliga on 53 points, putting them seven ahead of Schalke and eight ahead of SC Frieburg with four games remaining in the Bundesliga season.

If they can hold on a top four finish, it will mean a return to the Champions League after a year away from it—and it will mean that by the end of next season, Hyypia will add the Champions League to his managerial CV after spending much of his career competing in it as a player.

He will also, at least as far as his sporting director believes, be keeping an eye on Liverpool the entire time in the hopes of one day returning to manage the club where he's remembered as the best defender of the Premier League era.

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