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Rodgers anticipates immediate Borini impact

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Liverpool striker Fabio Borini has expressed his delight after completing a move back to the Premier League, where he will link up with former manager Brendan Rodgers at Anfield.

The 21-year-old Italian is determined to hit the ground running on Merseyside, and has set his sights on helping fire the Reds back into the Champions League next season, after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms on Friday.

"I felt really good because I wanted to come back to England one day," Borini told Liverpool's official website. "I knew sooner or later I would be back.

"Being back with Liverpool is even better because I can show the people what I can do - we've got the Europa League and lots of things to play for.

"I hope to achieve the maximum I can, by scoring goals, getting into the Champions League and all of the things the club also wants - and all the other players.

"It's a top club that has won a lot of trophies in the past - and will do so in the future we hope as well."

Borini knows Rodgers well from their time together in the Chelsea youth-team set-up, and the former Roma forward also enjoyed a brief loan spell at the Liberty Stadium with Swansea, scoring six goals in nine matches, before negotiating a transfer back to his homeland.

"I've got the trust of the manager and the club, which for me is very nice and I'm proud to be here. He was very important. I wouldn't say it was the key, but most of it came from him.

"Even during last season, I spoke with him a lot. I'd text him and ask if he was okay and congratulated him on the results he got with Swansea.

"First of all it is a relationship of friendship and afterwards it is a working one. That is more important than anything."

Borini's form with Roma last season earned him a place in Italy's Euro 2012 squad, where he remained an unused substitute throughout his country's run to the final.

Despite his lack of playing time in Poland and Ukraine, Rodgers has no doubts about the talented striker's ability, and explained the reasons why he had been so keen to secure his signature.

"Fabio fits the model of what we're trying to do in building not only for now, but also for the future," added the Northern Irishman. "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.

"I think the supporters will love him. He's a multi-functional player who can play in a number of positions and someone I believe has got great growth.

"I'd anticipate that over the next two or three years he'll really progress and I'm sure do very well for Liverpool. He is arguably the best physical player I've worked with in terms of his pace, power and fitness.

Asked if Borini will spearhead a new-look attack for Liverpool this season, Rodgers refused to confirm or deny the finer details of his proposed set-up, instead focusing on his long-term offering to the club.

"I don't want to put any unnecessary pressure on him. I believe he's one who can impact now - and he still has a lot of learning, growth and a lot to achieve in the game."

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