Player profile

Philipp Degen

Birthdate: 15 February 1983
Birthplace: Hölstein, Switzerland
Other clubs: Basel (1995-2005), Aarau (loan 2002-03), Borussia Dortmund (2005-08), Stuttgart (loan 2010-11), Basel (2 / 2011-)
Signed for LFC: Bosman, 03.07.2008
International caps: 32/0 - 14.11.2009
Liverpool debut: 23.09.2008
Last appearance: 29.04.2010
Contract expiry: 31.08.2011
Win ratio: 46.15% W: 6 D: 1 L: 6
LFC league games/goals: 7 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 13 / 0

Player profile

Very few had heard of Phillipp Degen before he signed for Liverpool and even fewer after he had left. The right-back won the league title two years in succession in his homeland with Basel before joining Borussia Dortmund in 2005. Injuries hampered his progress and he only made ten league appearances in the 2007/08 season. His contract expired in the summer of 2008 and he joined Liverpool on free. Rafa was quite happy with signing Degen: "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." Degen proved to be quite unlucky at the start of his Liverpool career, hardly being able to step on to the field without getting injured. He broke two ribs on his Liverpool debut against Crewe in the League Cup on 23 September 2009 and when he made his second appearance against Spurs in December he injured his foot. To the surprise of many Degen figured in as many as 11 of Liverpool's 56 competitive matches during the 2009/10 season, six from the start and five as a substitute. One of those starts ended with an unfortunate red card at Fulham in October. He didn't start another match until the New Year when he was part of the team who capitulated horribly to Reading in the FA Cup. Although frequently in the 18-man matchday squad, Degen only made five more appearances by the end of the season. Degen wanted to get his career back on track and moved to Stuttgart on a season-long loan in the summer of 2010 where he only appeared eight times in the 2010/11 season. Degen's Liverpool contract was cancelled 'by mutual consent' at the end of August 2011. On 20 November Degen was offered a contract with his first club, Basel. His contribution to Basel winning both the Swiss Championship and the Swiss cup in 2012 was only minimal. Basel retained their domestic title in 2013 and were also the beaten finalists in the Swiss Cup. But Degen only appeared in two first-team matches during the entire season.

If his homepage is anything to go by Philipp Degen seems more interested in modelling with his twin brother than playing football, genuine rivals to the Irish Jedward brothers.

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals7141013
2008-2009 002002
2009-2010 7121011

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
3Arsenal
2Tottenham
1Crewe
1Atletico Madrid
1Reading
1Stoke City
1Leeds United
1West Ham United
1Burnley
1Fulham
Total Started/substitutions
8 Started
19 On the bench
5 Substitute
7 Substituted

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals000000
2008-2009 000000
2009-2010 000000

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalTeam
No records to display.
TotalStarted/substitutions
0Started
0Substitute
TotalCompetition
No records to display.
TotalGoal minute period
01-15
016-30
031-45
046-60
061-75
076-90
091-120
TotalOpen play/Penalty
0Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
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Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
123.09.2008CreweAnfieldLeague Cup

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
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Related Quotes

What Benitez made of the performance of Philipp Degen is anyone’s guess. On the plus side the staff at Vienna’s A&E department will have breathed a huge sigh of relief as the Swiss international came through his second successive game without being injured.

Liverpool Echo on Philipp Degen vs Rapid Vienna in the 2009-2010 pre-season

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
2008-2009 27 Defender
2009-2010 27 Defender
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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