Degen shown door by Liverpool

Liverpool have confirmed that they are open to Swiss defender Philipp Degen finding a new club, after boss Roy Hodgson told the 27-year-old he has no future at the club.

“Philipp didn’t get a look in last year and will find it hard to get a look in this year,” said Hodgson.

“If he wants to play regularly, he needs to find a club that will say you are our number one man.

“He’s not going to be the number one man here with us, so does he want another long season playing on the bench not getting any games?

“He’s too old to play for the reserves, he’s an ex-Swiss international and if he wants his international place back, then he is going to have to look elsewhere.

“We have had one or two clubs expressed an interest and it would be better for him to move on.”

Right-back Degen was signed by Rafa Benitez on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund on a four-year contract in 2008.

Degen has made 13 appearances for the Reds, with one red card to his name – against Hodgson’s Fulham last season.