With his impressive run since his debut, Hyypia was handed the Liverpool captaincy and lead his side to a triple headed glory for the 2001-02 campaign.
Dubbed the 'Mickey Mouse Treble' Liverpool would go on to win the League cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup. It was not an easy ride however for a team who would seemingly make predicted victories more difficult than necessary.
In the League Cup early demolitions against Fulham, Crystal Palace and an 8-0 thrashing of Stoke City saw Liverpool reach the final to play Birmingham City.
In the final an early Robbie Fowler goal was cancelled out by a penalty in the last minute when Hyypia's partner in crime Henchoz brought down Martin O'Connor. A tense penalty shoot out saw Liverpool emerge victorious with a 5-4 result. Hyypia would not take part in the shoot out but the triumph was his first as captain of Liverpool.
In the FA Cup final against Arsenal, Liverpool would need to come from behind late on to evoke a 2-1 defeat on their London rivals. In doing so they became only the second team to win both the League Cup and FA Cup in the same season, after Arsenal themselves achieved the feat in 1993.
And then before the infamous night against AC Milan, Liverpool would feature in a dramatic nine goal UEFA Cup final against relative unknown Spanish side Alaves. Liverpool's opponents were just grateful to be in the final in a tie that saw many predict an easy win and treble for the Merseyside outfit.
Two goals in the first 16 minutes, including a stunner from Steven Gerrard seemed to confirm this idea, forcing the aim for Alaves to emerge after 90 minutes without suffering an embarrassing defeat. Yet for Hyypia and Henchoz it would prove to be a contradiction to the norm as Liverpool threw away 2-0, 3-1 and 4-3 leads. Only a late own goal from Alaves saw them off in the final moments of a dramatic extra time period where the golden goal rule applied.
Liverpool under Hyypia's leadership had won the treble in a heavily nerve racking fashion but for Sami it would be his defining season as captain at the team he had supported as a child.