With all of the madness surrounding Andy Carroll's future at Anfield, Liverpool fans will certainly be glad to now they have a replacement striker on the team in Fabio Borini in case Carroll does depart.
And Borini should become a fan favorite quickly given his commitment to the team. From The Telegraph:
Liverpool's new manager Brendan Rodgers arrived in Boston on Monday for the pre-season tour and is looking forward to Borini's arrival early next week.
"Fabio will come out next week with the England players, and that's a great demonstration of his commitment to Liverpool." Rodgers said.
"He was involved with Italy right the way through to the (Euro 2012) final and I'd given him the time off, like the others–four weeks.
"He was due to come back on August 1 but he made it very clear when he came that he wanted to get back and train with the group."
There's nothing like showing your new team that you are committed and excited to get started with the club. Surely, fans will take quickly to Borini's eagerness to start training with his teammates.
The Italian forward notched 10 goals in 26 appearances for Roma last season, and at only 21 years of age will have plenty of time at Anfield to grow and continue to improve.
Rodgers has lauded Borini for his versatility, raw attributes and upside, saying he believes the young forward will become a fan favorite of the Liverpool supporters. And having Borini pairing with Luis Suarez on the attack should make Liverpool very fun to watch this season.
Borini will likely fit into Rodgers' 4-3-3 style much better than Carroll would, and after his mediocre season last year, Carroll has made himself expendable despite the huge expectations placed on him at Anfield.
Don't be shocked if he returns to Newcastle.
And don't be surprised if Borini quickly becomes a fan favorite in his place. Given his worth ethic and manager's high opinion of him, he's already on the right track.
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