Player profile

Philipp Degen

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 / 2011-16)
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. Degen appeared in twenty-one league matches during the 2012/13 season, scoring three times. In 2013/14 his total of appearances dropped to seventeen in all competitions (one goal) and the following season he featured on only four occcasions. 2015-16 saw him appear only fleetingly, as he was ruled put for much of the season with a shoulder injury and made only six league starts. At the end of the season he announced his retirement from the game.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 7 1 4 1 0 13
2008-2009 0 0 2 0 0 2
2009-2010 7 1 2 1 0 11

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
3 Arsenal
2 Tottenham
1 Crewe
1 Atletico Madrid
1 Reading
1 Stoke City
1 Leeds United
1 West Ham United
1 Burnley
1 Fulham
Total Started/substitutions
8 Started
19 On the bench
5 Substitute
7 Substituted
Total Competition
7 Premier League
4 League Cup
1 FA Cup
1 Europa League

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 23.09.2008 Crewe Anfield League Cup

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Liverpool Echo article on Philipp DegenMore

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

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Basel 2001-2002 Switzerland 1 3 0 5 0
Basel 2002-2003 Switzerland 1 16 0 17 0
Aarau 2002-2003 Switzerland 1 16 0 16 0
Basel 2003-2004 Switzerland 1 32 4 39 4
Basel 2004-2005 Switzerland 1 27 1 40 1
Borussia Dortmund 2005-2006 Germany 1 31 1 34 1
Borussia Dortmund 2006-2007 Germany 1 27 0 29 0
Borussia Dortmund 2007-2008 Germany 1 10 0 12 0
VfB Stuttgart 2010-2011 Germany 1 5 0 6 0
Basel 2011-2012 Switzerland 1 9 1 11 2
Basel 2012-2013 Switzerland 1 21 3 21 3
Basel 2013-2014 Switzerland 1 20 3 27 4
Basel 2014-2015 Switzerland 1 18 0 21 0
Basel 2015-2016 Switzerland 1 8 0 11 0
Total 243 13 289 15
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