Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Reds Chasing Italian Ex-Chelsea Striker

Jake WareCorrespondent IIIJune 22, 2012

ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 19:  Fabio Borini of AS Roma celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Parma FC at Stadio Olimpico on February 19, 2012 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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It is no secret.

At some point in the 2012 summer transfer window, Liverpool Football Club will have to improve their strikeforce.

According to the Daily Mirror, new Reds manager Brendan Rodgers might do so by signing AS Roma striker Fabio Borini.

A 21-year-old Italian who is co-owned by Roma and Parma, Fabio Borini is an attacker who is quick, skilled, and smart. A deadly goalscorer, Borini is an expert at finding open spaces and putting the ball in the net, qualities that were in short supply in the Liverpool XI in 2011-12.

Last season, Borini appeared in 26 games for Roma on loan from Parma, scoring 10 goals in all competitions for the Giallorossi.

Unlike many young international players, Borini has learned much of his football in England, and has played under Brendan Rodgers before.

In fact, Borini has already enjoyed two different spells with Rodgers. Having joined Chelsea from Bologna in 2007, the Italian spent a little over a year with the Northern Irish boss, who was managing the Chelsea reserve team at the time. In 2010-11, Rodgers brought in Borini on loan when he was in charge of Swansea. The attacker would go on to score six goals in 15 games for the Swans and play a major role in ensuring the Welsh club promotion to the Premier League.

The Bentivoglio-born youngster is currently in Kiev as part of Italy's Euro 2012 squad.

Borini would fit the Liverpool system well. He has not yet been exposed to the pass-and-move system Rodgers is expected to operate at Anfield next season, but the strengths in his game as well as his experience playing under the wing of Liverpool's new manager certainly suggest that he might be able to transition to the new Reds side.

Borini would likely cost about £10 million, and while the lofty price might seem excessive, Borini's meteoric rise from an inexperienced 20-year-old to a capped international over the past season suggests the ceiling for this youngster is high, and there is no telling how good he might be a few years from now.

Liverpool would be smart to sign Fabio Borini now.