Sami considers ending Finland career

Reds defender Sami Hyypia is thinking about quitting international football to concentrate entirely on his Anfield career.

Sami is now 32 and after Finland failed to qualify for the World Cup he’s no more competitive internationals this season. Many players have found retiring from international football has helped increase their careers at a top level in club football. With so many international dates over the course of a season it would allow Sami to be travelling and playing less.

Sami says: “The next qualifiers don’t start until August so I have plenty of time to think about it. I will take a little break from the international scene and see how I feel. When you have fewer international games it can help at club level, so it will be good for me and the team that I will feel fresher for Liverpool.”

Rafa Benitez has already made it clear he wants another quality centre-back to allow him to rest Sami and team-mate Jamie Carragher more often.