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Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 March 2008, 16:51 GMT
Crouch & Hyypia expected to stay
Peter Crouch (left) and Sami Hyypia
Crouch (left) and Hyypia are set to sign new Liverpool deals
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez expects both Peter Crouch and Sami Hyypia to sign new contracts.

Crouch, 27, has been used mainly as a substitute since arriving at Anfield but Benitez has told the striker he remains part of his plans.

Benitez said: "I explained my ideas. He's aware top sides change players. Now he's happy and (chief executive) Rick Parry is talking to his agent."

Hyypia, 34, is set to sign a one-year extension to his current deal.

The veteran defender has experienced something of a renaissance this season, putting in some impressive performances in the absence of the injured Daniel Agger.

Hyypia has been linked with a move to Fulham but he will complete 10 years at Liverpool if he stays on next season.

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Benitez said: "I spoke with Sami and showed him our interest. He is a very good professional.

"It is not just about his experience, it is about him being a good player. He has played a lot of games this season, and the idea for next season is that he can play and fight for his place.

"This will be good for us. One of the positive things is that, because he is a good professional and has a lot of experience, he can give the other players advice.

"But I also think he can fight for a position against the younger players. He has been an amazing servant for this club.

"When you see a foreign player playing for the same team for 10 years, everyone must be really pleased."

Crouch, who cost 7m from Southampton in 2005, will have a year left on his current deal in the summer.

He has made only 29 appearances for Liverpool this season - 12 of those from the bench - but Benitez says the 6ft 7ins striker adds a different dimension to his squad.

"Crouch is a different kind of striker to Fernando Torres, Andriy Voronin and Dirk Kuyt," said the Spaniard.

"It is really important for us to have other options, to have a player who we can use in different games."



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