Liverpool swoop for defender Degen

Liverpool FC have confirmed that Swiss international defender Philipp Degen will join them from BV Borussia Dortmund after the UEFA EURO 2008™ finals.

Attacking edge
The 25-year-old right-back has agreed an undisclosed deal at Anfield, and will move on 1 July once his existing deal with Dortmund expires. "He is an offensive player with great energy and a winning mentality," said Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez. "His strength is going forward and I am confident he will be prove to be a quality addition to our 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."

Injury problems
Degen will provide competition for Steve Finnan and Álvaro Arbeloa at Anfield, ending a three-year spell in Germany, though much of the last 12 months have been hampered by injury. The former FC Basel 1893 man underwent operations of groin, adductor and ankle problems last term, and is relishing the chance to start afresh. "When I received the offer from Liverpool, there was no doubt I would accept it," said Degen. "I am looking forward to the challenge of establishing myself there and playing in the best league there is."