Picking a Liverpool Starting XI to Include Clint Dempsey and Fabio Borini

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Picking a Liverpool Starting XI to Include Clint Dempsey and Fabio Borini
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It's that time of year. Euro 2012 is over, and the domestic leagues have at least a month or more until they resume. 

For writers at the Sun, Metro, Mail, Mirror, Telegraph and Goal.com, this is the time to shine. These are the days when they transform from gossipy tabloids to "reputable sources" as football fans around the globe desperately search for a morsel of real news. 

Yes, folks, the transfer window is hitting its stride. And at least this week, a lot of the focus rests on Brendan Rodgers and his forthcoming overhaul.

We do our best here to sift through the grey area that often exists between fact and fiction. And, in this case, it is beginning to look like two transfers in particular are moving more and more into the former column. 

 

Fabio Borini

The Mirror today says "Liverpool have agreed a £12million fee to make Fabio Borini the first signing of new boss Brendan Rodgers' Anfield revolution." 

That interest is confirmed by The Guardian. "There is a real interest shown by Liverpool for Borini," according to Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini.

ESPN then added fuel to the fire. The player's agent, Marco De Marchi, told Radio Radio, "Roma has informed us of Liverpool's interest in the boy. Now it's up to Fabio to have his say."

 

Clint Dempsey

The Guardian reports that a "£9m plus Dempsey" offer could be on the way from Fulham for Andy Carroll. 

ESPN spoke to Liverpool chairman Tom Werner in May. He stated then to Goal.com, "...any team would be lucky to have Clint Dempsey playing on their squad."

And not to be beaten to a scoop, the Mail chimes in. According to them, "Liverpool are believed to be the favourites to sign the USA international."

 

Conclusion

With these developments in mind, we look at what a potential starting XI would look like with these additions. 

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