Liverpool FC: 5 Reasons Why Fabio Borini Will Be a Hit at Anfield
A couple of weeks ago, Liverpool splashed out a reported £10 million to lure Fabio Borini from Roma to Anfield.
He's Brendan Rodgers' first signing for the club and it looks as though the young Italian is a sign of things to come.
I'm going to look at five reasons why Borini will be a hit at Anfield.
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He's the Perfect Partner for Luis Suarez
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Luis Suarez is Liverpool's star striker and he's loaded with pace, skill and ability.
Fabio Borini is a similar sort of player.
He looks to run at defenders and there's nothing that defenders hate more than attackers with the ability to take them on.
While it might take time for Borini to settle in, I'm excited to think about the understanding he can build up with players like Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez.
He's Already Played at a Top English Club
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Although his opportunities at Stamford Bridge were limited, the experience of working under coaches like Jose Mourinho, Phil Scolari and Carlo Ancelotti among others can only have helped his development.
Remember, when Borini was at Chelsea, he had world-class players like Drogba and Torres ahead of him in the pecking order so realistically, he was never going to get a fair crack of the whip.
Borini now has an advantage in that he's already been immersed in English culture, so it shouldn't take him as long to settle in this time around.
His Goalscoring Record in England
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He might only have played a handful of games in English football, but Borini's goalscoring record is pretty good, especially when you consider he's maturing as a player.
In 12 games, he's scored six goals, which isn't bad.
He's gained more experience since he left England, playing for Roma and getting his first cap for Italy.
I think that, at the right club with the right coach, Borini can become one of the best players in Europe.
He Was Signed as a Teenager by Jose Mourinho
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If anyone in world football has an eye for a player, it's Jose Mourinho.
He must have seen something in Borini as a teenager to sign him for Chelsea.
Mourinho generally doesn't sign bad players and Borini will have learned a hell of a lot from working with "The Special One".
Brendan Rodgers Has Worked with Him Twice Before
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Borini's only 21 and he's already worked with the current Liverpool boss twice.
When Borini was at Chelsea, Brendan Rodgers was in charge of their youth set up under Mourinho and then he signed him on loan when he was Swansea boss.
In an interview with BBC Sport in March 2011, when he was in charge at Swansea, Rodgers said:
I'm delighted with the signing. He's a young player with great potential. He's got intensity, passion and a natural goal scoring ability. I worked with him in Chelsea's youth and reserve team and I firmly believe he will help us a great deal during the run-in.
Upon his arrival at Swansea, Borini made an immediate impact, scoring six goals in nine appearances as Swansea were promoted to the English Premier League.
If Borini can make the same sort of impact for Liverpool this season, then the Reds will have one hell of a player on their hands.