How Hyypia factor played a part as ex-Albion defender signs for Liverpool

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Liverpool have signed Emma Koivisto, helped by the Sami Hyypia factor
Liverpool have signed Emma Koivisto, helped by the Sami Hyypia factor

Liverpool have signed a former Albion defender – helped by the Sami Hyypia factor.

Emma Koivisto is expected to start for Finland against Spain at Euro 2022 tomorrow.

She parted company with the Seagulls last week after 18 months with the club as her contract expired.

Albion are set for a busy summer of player movement, both in and out, as they prepare for the coming WSL season and Koivisto is a significant departure.

Koivisto said: “Me and my brother used to be big Liverpool fans growing up because Sami Hyypia, a Finnish legend, was playing for the club when we were kids.

“Everyone knows Liverpool. It feels like a family. I’m really excited to join this club.”

Hyypia starred in defence for Liverpool and had a stint as Albion boss in 2014.

Former Albion player Nora Heroum is also in the Finland squad for the Euros.

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