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Hyypia disappointed at European omission by lfctalk
September 9, 2008, 14:31
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Sami Hyypia has admitted his disappointment at being left out of Rafael Benitez’s 25-man European squad for the upcoming group stage.

New UEFA rules mean that eight homegrown players must feature in each squad, and Hyypia has missed out thanks to this regulation.

The big defender said: “The manager’s decision to leave me out of the squad is a big disappointment.

“I understand it’s partly because of the Uefa regulations, but the news came as a surprise to me and a shock too.”

The Finland international was the subject of a Summer bid from Premiership new-boys Stoke City, which was turned down by the club. But had the big Finn known what was on the horizon, he may have felt differently about the proposed switch.

“The club had a ‘perfect’ timing for this,” he added.

“They didn’t want me to move elsewhere, so that’s why I was told the news of having been left out, just after the transfer window had closed.

“The club went public to say there had been offers for me, but turned them down. So perhaps that means I am still part of the plans for this season.

“I don’t know if I would have wanted to move on had I heard news about the squad when the window was still open.”

The 25-man Champions League squad:
Cavalieri, Reina, Dossena, Agger, Aurelio, Arbeloa, Carragher, Degen, Darby, Kelly, Irwin, Skrtel, Gerrard, Reira, Alonso, Benayoun, Pennant, Mascherano, Leiva, Spearing, Keane, Torres, Kuyt, Babel, Ngog.

Source: BBC Sport


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