Bayer Leverkusen chief executive Wolfgang Holzhauser has told the press that Sami Hyypia was interested in returning to Liverpool.
"Sami came to us asking if there was any chance he could return to Liverpool. We had an open discussion. Sami accepted straight away that we were desperate to keep him here," Holzhauser said to Express, confirming reports that Reds manager Roy Hodgson had tried to resign the veteran.
"He is too important for us and is a valuable part of our first-team squad. We could easily imagine keeping him for more than the remaining year of his contract.
"He may add another season on the pitch and we are considering adding him to our backroom staff if he is interested."
The 36-year-old left Liverpool in 2009 after playing ten years for the club and was a favourite of the Anfield faithful. He made over 450 appearances in all competitions for the English outfit and was involved in their historic Champions League victory in 2005.