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|SoccerAnchor Profiles: Fabio Borini's move from Roma to Liverpool|
SoccerAnchor's Riley Beveridge takes a look at Fabio Borini's move from the Stadio Olimpico to Anfield.
FROM: ROMA TO: LIVERPOOL
PRICE: £11 million
Liverpool's lack of goals and inability to find the back of the net was a glowing problem throughout the last Premier League season. Their total of 47 goals for the entire campaign was half of that scored by the eventual winners Manchester City, and it put them in a lowly position on the table, considering their lofty standards. However with the likes of Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard, creativity was not the problem. With Andy Carroll struggling to find form, they were without a real goal poacher who could finish off attacking moves.
It has been a problem which new manager Brendan Rodgers has strived to address, and his first steps to rectifying this issue has been with the £11 million arrival of Italian international Fabio Borini.
Borini marks Rodgers' first acquisition as Liverpool boss, however the 21-year-old is not a player he is unfamiliar with. Rodgers first recognised Borini's talents as a 16-year-old in Chelsea's youth ranks. Then manager of Chelsea's Academy side, Rodgers was impressed with what he saw from the striker, so much so that he brought Borini with him on loan to Swansea in their promotion-winning season. The Italian's 6 goals in 12 games throughout the second half of Swansea's season helped them reach the Premier League for the first time in the club's history.
"I don't want to put any unnecessary pressure on him, but I believe he is one that can impact now"
- Brendan Rodgers
Borini since returned to his home nation, signing for Roma last season. He made 26 appearances for the Italian's, scoring 10 goals. This proved enough to merit his debut senior appearance for Italy, as well as a spot in Cesare Prandelli's Euro 2012 squad.
Rodgers was glowing in his praise for Borini upon his arrival at Anfield. "He's a goal scorer," Rodgers told the official Liverpool website, "But he's also a multifunctional player who can play in a number of different positions. He's technically strong, he's a good finisher with both feet and he can play either centrally or on the sides in a 4-3-3 formation up front."
He seems to be a player who works hard, both with and without the ball. He looks to be a good mover, who is quick and hard to mark. His movement is fluid, while he has the uncanny knack of being in the right position at the right time.
While Borini's transfer may see the end of Carroll's maligned Liverpool career, the young Italian could be the goal poacher which the Reds so desperately need.
There are huge raps on his ability from those in Italy, and at just 21 years of age there is still plenty of time to grow and fulfil his potential. If he can strike up a quick and effective partnership with Suarez, goals could come naturally to Borini at Liverpool. He could be just what the Reds need to climb back into a top four position.