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Football: Hyypia has final shot at bringing the title to Anfield.

Byline: By DAVID MADDOCK

SAMI HYYPIA turned down big-money attempts to lure him away from Liverpool for one last tilt at the title.

The centre-half was tempted by overtures from Newcastle and Wigan, who were ready to give him a huge pay rise. But even after losing his automatic first-team spot, the Finland international - who made 34 club appearances last term - decided on a final attempt at landing the prize that has eluded him in eight years at Anfield. "Is it my last chance to win the league with Liverpool? We'll see, but that is the aim with this club," he said.

"I've one more year to go here, and I hope I'll play as many games as last season. I hope we'll do well and then after that I'll see what I am going to do. I had a few offers but I played my part last season, and I want to do that again this time."

Winning the title would be the ultimate way for the 33-year-old to sign off from Liverpool. He arrived in 1999 from Dutch club Willem II for pounds 3million as a complete unknown to English football, but soon established himself as the best buy of the Gerard Houllier regime. Even though he now spends more time on the bench than he would like, Hyypia believes he still has plenty to offer.

But he warned: "In the past we've started slowly and fallen out of it. We'll have to do better at the start."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 2, 2007
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