Degen determined to win Liverpool fullback place

Philipp Degen is determined to win a place at right-back for new club Liverpool.

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The Swiss defender is battling Steve Finnan and Alvaro Arbeloa for a spot, but told liverpoolfc.tv: "They are very good players and it will be difficult but I am ready for the challenge and look forward to breaking into the first team soon.

"I am a pacey player who likes to get forward. I have a good attacking mentality and like to get up and down the flank. I also have good technique."

The Bosman signing from Borussia Dortmund also said: "I am sure we can challenge (for the title). We have a very strong team with the likes of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres. But there are some strong opponents in Man Utd and Chelsea, so we will have to be very consistent. It's a long season and anything can happen but we will go into the first game of the campaign hoping to push them all the way."

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