Liverpool boss Benitez wants Hyypia to stay

Portsmouth, Newcastle and Wigan have all been linked with a move for Hyypia.

The Spaniard told The Liverpool Echo: “It’s true I spoke to Sami and I told him I wanted him to stay,” said Benitez.

“I expect Sami to be with us for the start of pre-season. He is a good professional and it’s not easy to find defenders with his experience.

“I told Sami I need him here and the positive thing is he wants to stay with us.”