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…
"I don't know if he'll ever beat my record. He's got 357 games to go, so it would take some doing. We'll have to wait and see but if anyone is going to do it, I'd love it to be him. It would be all the better if a local lad did it because I'm local too and it means more if someone from the area is reaching these types of landmarks. He's been the backbone of the team for countless years now and will be remembered in the future as a great player for Liverpool."
Stadion Salzburg | Tuesday 10 Dec 2019
Seven players who were then on the books at Liverpool were selected for the last World Cup, but (injuries permitting) there are set to be even more Kop idols appearing at the Euro 2020 finals next summer.
As always, the Premier League is turning out to be quite the nail-biter. However, we are lucky to have Liverpool stand strong and tall at the top of the leader’s board.
Signed by Bill Shankly’s Liverpool as the most expensive teenager in British football history for £100,000 two weeks before his nineteenth birthday. At 26 he was at Walsall in the third division.