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Hyypia: Rodgers has done a great job

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Sami Hyypia played for 10 years at Liverpool © PA Photos
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Sami Hyypia has praised Brendan Rodgers for the way he has transformed Liverpool into a title-winning side.

Hyypia, who left the club in 2009 after 10 years there, took part in the 'Celebration of the 96' charity match at Anfield on Monday and captained an international Liverpool team which drew 2-2 with local stars.

"Brendan has done a great job with the team," Hyypia told Liverpool's official website.

"When I see the team play, they are very confident in all departments of their game. I'm very happy for the club and for the fans."

Liverpool are five points clear at the top of the Premier League and are on course to win their first league title in 24 years.

Hyypia believes one of the key factors to Liverpool's success this season is the pairing of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.

"The front players are very good and they are dangerous. Suarez and Sturridge have scored more than 50 goals together this season. So, of course, that's one of the strengths of the team," he said.

"When you have a few players who can score a lot of goals, then it helps any team. I think they have played some lively football and it's been passing football. I've enjoyed watching them."

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