If the addition of Fabio Borini is any indication, the Brendan Rodgers era should be a good one for Liverpool. The team's new manager made a big splash with his first signing, luring the 21-year-old striker away from Italian club Roma.
The signing was Rodgers first move as manager since taking the reigns from long-time Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish.
Rodgers is familiar with Borini; this will mark the third time the manager and player have worked together as the two had stints together with both Chelsea and Swansea. The fact that Rodgers went after Borini and paid the necessary £11 million transfer fee to bring on the Italian shows that he feels Borini will help the club.
Rodgers relayed to liverpoolfc.com that he feels Borini will quickly become a fan favorite:
"Supporters will love him. As I said, he's a goalscorer, but he's a multifunctional player who can play in a number of positions - and someone I believe has got great growth."
Rodgers is obviously a big fan of Borini and he will no doubt add some explosiveness to the Reds' attack for the foreseeable future, but his signing also shows that Rodgers has the right frame of mind to lead the club.
As Rodgers points out, the acquisition of Borini signals what Liverpool are trying to do as a club.
"I was very keen to bring him here. Fabio fits the model of what we're trying to do in building not only for now, but also for the future."
"He's a big talent, 21 years of age, he scores goals, and his passion, focus and concentration is a very important part of his game - and a big part of what you want from a player."
His focus on adding players that will both improve the team in the present and develop overtime will be key for Liverpool to stay ahead of the curve against their Premier League counterparts. Locking up promising players such as Borini will be key for building a solid roster that will compete for years to come without sacrificing being competitive in the present.
If Rodgers can consistently land solid young talent, he will prove to be just the man to lead Liverpool to prominence.
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