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Phillip Degen

Right-back Philipp Degen signed for Liverpool on a free transfer in the summer of 2008.

The Swiss international began his career with FC Basel in 1996, making his debut five years later.

Four seasons in the first team followed, during which he claimed three league titles and one domestic cup.

His time at St Jakob Park also gave him a taste of Champions League football. In fact, Degen was an unused sub when Basel claimed a 1-1 draw at Anfield in 2002-03.

In 2005 the defender joined the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund.

Degen, who featured four times for his country in the 2006 World Cup, spent three years with the German giants, the last of which was blighted by injury.

The full-back managed to recover in time for Euro 2008, a tournament co-hosted by Switzerland. Unfortunately he did not feature as the Swiss failed to negotiate the group stages.

From there he arrived at Melwood to work with Rafa Benitez, who said: "Philipp is an offensive player with great energy and a winning mentality. His strength is going forward and I am confident he will prove to be a quality addition to our squad."

Sadly, Kopites saw little of these abilities during an injury-stricken first season, and it wasn't until 2009-10 that he made his first Barclays Premier League appearance for Liverpool.

After being introduced as a substitute against Burnley, Degen was handed a start against Fulham at Craven Cottage on October 31, 2009.

However, on a gloomy afternoon for Liverpool, the full-back was sent off after 79 minutes of the 3-1 defeat.

Degen, who is fluent in French and German, has a twin, David, who also plays professional football.



Player
Philipp Degen
Date of Birth
15/02/1983
Place of Birth
Basel, Switzerland
Signed
July 1 2008
Cost
0
Signed From
Borussia Dortmund
Other Teams
Borussia Dortmund, Basel
International Side
Switzerland
Height
188cm
Position
Defender
Squad No.
-
Debut
23.09.2008 v Crewe Alexandra
First Goal
-
Last Goal
-
Total Goals
-

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