Fabio Borini has signed for Liverpool for a free rumoured to be around £10-12 million. The Italian International is Brendan Rodger’s first signing since he arrived at Anfield. Borini who knew Rodgers from his time at Chelsea has also played under him during his loan spell at Swansea.
He has joined Liverpool on the back of a good season at Roma where he managed to score 10 goals from 26 matches. Lets hope he settles quickly, gets the service and puts away the chances. He’s received a lot of praise for his fantastic movement and brilliantly timed runs. Most of his goals have come from beating the offside trap or getting in behind defenders and finding space in the box, in contrast one of Liverpool’s problems last season was a lack of movement in the box.
Borini is also a good free-kick taker, notably scoring a 25 yard cracker against Norwich in the Championship during the 2010/11 season. To top it off he’s lighting quick off the mark and has a dead eye for goal. £11m is an absolute steal for a player with such potential. Let’s all hope he fulfills his potential at Liverpool.
It will be interesting to see how Borini fits into the team. Rodgers is likely to deploy a 4-3-3 system. Borini has played out wide in the past but he struggled to make an impact. It likely that he will be deployed as a Centre Forward with Suarez drifting out wide. The pace and movement of Borini could bring the best out of Suarez. He could turn out to be the goal poacher that Liverpool fans were crying out for last season. Borini’s strength is his movement and anticipation and also his work rate which should endear him to the Kop.
With more positive signings like Borini you could see Liverpool’s Premier League odds improve and see them push for that top four finish they require.