Liverpool Football Club today confirmed that Swiss international defender Phillipp Degen will sign a contract on 1st July. This news kicks off the summers signings for Liverpool, with the right full back position being the first to be strengthened.
The addition of Degen who was out of contract with Borussia Dortmund, will give competition for Steve Finnan and Alvaro Arbeloa at the right back position. And also help Rafa Benitez concentrate on other areas of the squad with funds available.
The Swiss international who will be representing his country in this summers European Championships is looking forward to the challenge of joining the reds.
“When I received the offer from Liverpool, there was no doubt I would accept it. They are one of the biggest clubs in the world and I am looking forward to the challenge of establishing myself there and playing in the best league there is.”
Meanwhile, Rafa Benitez is confident that Degen will be a quality addition to the squad.
“Philipp is still young but has gained great experience from playing in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund and on the international stage with Switzerland. He also played in the Champions League during his time with Basel and so is used to top level football.
“He is an offensive player with great energy and a winning mentality. His strength is going forward and I am confident he will be prove to be a quality addition to our squad.”
“Sometimes you can find these players on the market. When you find a player like him who costs no money it means you can use money for improving other parts of the squad.
“He is a good signing, a player of potential, who can help us improve in the wide areas.”
Welcome to Liverpool, Phillipp.