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Liverpool have confirmed they have signed Switzerland international defender Philipp Degen from Borussia Dortmund.

The 25-year-old was out of contract with Dortmund this summer, meaning Liverpool have secured him on a free transfer.

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez believes Degen will bring some useful experience to Anfield, as he has played in the UEFA Champions League as well as represented his country.

“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 told the club’s official website.

“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 prove to be a quality addition to our squad.”

Degen admits he was delighted to have accepted an offer to join Liverpool.

“When I received the offer from Liverpool, there was no doubt I would accept it,” he said. “They are one of the biggest clubs in the world and I am looking forward to the challenge of playing in the best league there is.”

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