De Marchi: Liverpool a welcome destination

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Liverpool striker Fabio Borini would have been happy to remain at Roma, according to the Italian's agent, Marco De Marchi.

The 21-year-old returned to the Premier League in a €13million deal last month, just weeks after the Serie A side had signed the remaining 50 per cent of his contract from Parma - for €5.3million.

Brendan Rodgers knows Borini well from his time as coach at Chelsea and Swansea, and was eager to add the versatile forward to his Anfield compliment.

"He's technically strong, he's a good finisher with both feet, he can play central or on the sides in a 4-3-3 up front, he's quick, and he's tactically very good," explained the Liverpool boss after the transfer was completed.

But, ten games in, and Borini has found the net only once for the Reds - an area of his game that needs improvement - as Rodgers continues to search for goalscoring cover after the departures of Dirk Kuyt, Craig Bellamy and Andy Carroll this summer.

Without ever being prolific in front of goal - the once-capped Italy forward scored nine goals for Roma last season - there is a level of expectation on Merseyside for him to ease the burden on Luis Suarez, prompting Borini's representative to defend his client as he settles in his new surroundings.

"His move to Liverpool happened very quickly," De Marchi told Radio Incontro, as reported by Football Italia"He wanted to stay at Roma and was prepared to even buy a house there.

"However, then the directors eventually decided to sell him to Liverpool, and that was certainly a welcome destination for him."

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