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Sami Hyypia’s biggest fear about Liverpool’s title hopes lies with full-backs

Sami Hyypia’s biggest title fear is Liverpool full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson being burned out in the race for glory.

The duo are key to Liverpool ’s high-tempo attacking game, but former Kop defender Hyypia reckons Jurgen Klopp has a real dilemma – because they are too good.

“ Trent and Andy are world class full-backs but I just wish we could control their load a little bit for the season,” said Hyypia.

“They are so vital to the team pattern that they are playing many minutes, because they are just so good.

“Maybe at some stage that could be a small problem but I hope the manager and his staff can balance their load so they are able to play as many vital minutes as they can.

Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are vital to Liverpool’s game – but do they need a rest? (Image: Andrew Powell)

“It’s tough to take them out because they add so much to the team, but I’d be worried if they got injured.”

Hyypia reckons one of Liverpool’s biggest assets as they cahse their first title for 30 years is the team spirit that has been fostered at the club.

He said: “It’s a great thing that no one left last summer – they kept all their big players. And, when I see them play, it looks like everyone wants to be there to play for this club and be in this team.

“I watch them and it seems they are having fun ­playing at such an ­extraordinarily high level – but they are also ­demanding of each other. That’s why they won’t ease up.

Former footballer Sami Hyypia before the race
Sami Hyypia was not concerned by reports of a possible rift between Sadio Mane and Mo Salah (Image: Reuters / Phil Noble)

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“I saw the episode with Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, but, far from thinking that was ­damaging to the dressing room spirit, I thought that showed how strong it is.

“It just shows that everyone wants to win together and what a great group Klopp has built with that dynamic.”

The 2005 Champions League winner added: “It’s always good to have that kind of openness where players can call each other out. That’s part of the culture of winning.

“All successful teams have that desire, which means they ­demand more from each other.

“I remember some sparks ­flying between players when I was at Anfield – and that’s only good for the team.”

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