LIVERPOOL NEWS: BRENDAN RODGERS MAKES FABIO BORINI HIS FIRST SIGNING.

  on July 13 2012 2:53 AM

Liverpool is reported to have agreed on a fee of 12 million pounds with Roma for the signature of Fabio Borini.

The deal is as good as done subject to Borini passing a medical and will be Brendan Rodger's first signing as Liverpool coach.

So what qualities made Rodgers decide to sign up Borini?

Fabio Borini may not be well known to many football fans who follow the English Premier League but the 21 year old prodigy is already a seasoned player at the highest level.

The Italian international who previously played for Roma entered into the football scene at the tender age of nine years initially playing for Bologna in Italy before joining Chelsea in 2007 as a youth player at the age of 16 years.

Borini's talents blossomed at Chelsea where he played for the reserves and instantly became their top striker netting 10 times in 11 appearances including scoring 5 goals in one game against Birmingham in 2010. He also featured for Chelsea at the senior level in the Champions league.

At Chelsea Borini worked with current Liverpool coach Rodgers who was then reserve team manager before following him to then championship side Swansea on loan.

He excelled at Swansea scoring 6 goals in 12 games thus helping the Swans secure promotion to the Premier League.

Borini joined Roma in the 2011-2012 season where he continued his excellent run of form quickly becoming a first team regular. He netted 16 times in the season for the Serie A side. His performances at club level earned him a call up to the national team for the Euro 2012 Championships.

The signing of Borini is a step in the right direction. Not only is he young and eager to learn he is already an accomplished player even at his tender age. Borini is aggressive, has a quick turn of pace, an intelligent eye and is lethal before goal, so much so that he has been touted as the new Fillipo Inzaghi.

It will be expected that Borini will assist in netting goals for Liverpool next term. The lack of goals was a perennial problem for the Reds last season. With the departure of Dirk Kuyt and the misfiring tendencies of the Liverpool forwards save for Luis Suarez, the addition of a prolific goal scorer can only be beneficial to Liverpool.

It also helps that the player and the manager know each other well having worked together previously. In fact Borini was quoted in 2011 as saying that "Brendan Rodgers is a good manager and a great person who knows me very well. He is like an Uncle to me....".

Andy Carroll may unfortunately end up being sidelined next season in favour of the Italian striker as the system of play that Rodgers wants to adopt at Anfield fits into Borini's strengths more than it does Carroll's. Either way the purchase of Borini is an astute investment.

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