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VfB Stuttgart sign Liverpool's Philipp Degen on loan

Philipp Degen
Degen struggled with form and fitness during his spell at Anfield

Liverpool defender Philipp Degen has joined German side VfB Stuttgart on loan for the 2010-11 season.

The Swiss international, 28, was signed on a free transfer by ex-Reds boss Rafael Benitez in 2008 but played only seven times for the Anfield club.

The former Borussia Dortmund full-back played under current VfB Stuttgart boss Christian Gross at Basel.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge and the wonderful VfB fans," Degen told Liverpool's website.

"I really want to make use of my chance. It's fantastic to be working together with Christian Gross again. I had a very successful time with him in Basel."

Gross said: "I know Philipp very well and rate him highly both as a football player and as a person.

"He is a very athletic and fast player, who often looks to push forward. Philipp wants to take his chance at VfB."

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see also
Degen told he can leave Liverpool
21 Jul 10 |  Liverpool
Liverpool complete deal for Degen
04 Jul 08 |  Liverpool

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