Degen officially signed for Liverpool on Thursday after leaving Borussia Dortmund and, having taken part in his first pre-season training session, the defender is setting his sights on silverware.

"I am sure we can challenge," Degen told the club's official website when asked about the Merseyside outfit's title chances.

"We have a very strong team with the likes of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres.

"But there are some strong opponents in Manchester United and Chelsea, so we will have to be very consistent.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of England and the Premier League, which is probably the strongest league in the world right now.

"It's a long season and anything can happen but we will go into the first game of the campaign hoping to push all the way.

"I want the club to succeed and I will always do my best to ensure Liverpool are winning matches."