Liverpool’s move to sign striker Fabio Borini has been met with a mixed reaction from fans of the famous club.
The 21–year-old has a relatively low profile in England, despite helping Swansea City to Premier League promotion during a short-term loan spell at the end of the 2010/11 season.
Before that, the Italian had been prolific at reserve team level for Chelsea, but after success at the Liberty Stadium, he moved back home for a compensation-based fee, with Parma landing the player.
They then loaned the youngster out to Roma in a move that proved highly productive for Borini, scoring nine goals in 24 Serie ‘A’ appearances and earning a call-up to the national side. He would also make an international debut in February, and was part of the Azzurri squad for Euro 2012.
Roma have since brought the player to the Stadio Olimpico on a permanent basis, but it now appears they are willing to sell to new Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.
“There is a real interest shown by Liverpool for Borini,” confirmed Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini.
“We are evaluating the situation with (Roma general manager) Franco (Baldini).”
Player agent Marco De Marchi added: "Roma has informed us of Liverpool’s interest in the boy. Now it’s up to Fabio to have his say.
The probable answer to that question is yes, because it’s clear that Rodgers is a huge admirer of the player, and Borini will know that he’s likely to feature on a regular basis at Anfield under the Norther Irishman.
Originally a product of the Bologna youth setup, Chelsea signed Borini in 2007, and during his time at Stamford Bridge he spent large spells working under the then reserve team manager – Rodgers.
After spells at Watford and Reading as a manager, Rodgers then got the chance to bring Borini back under his tutelage in Wales, albeit in a five-month Championship spell.
Having taken charge on Merseyside, Rodgers has quickly moved at the first opportunity to try and sign the player. Having never had the opportunity or resources to do so in the past, it’s clear that he rates Borini very highly.
He isn’t the only one, either.
“I like his anger, his meanness and his desire to always be the first on the ball,” said former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti.
Borini himself also noted the praise from his then manager. “Ancelotti defined me as a nuisance like [Filippo] Inzaghi.”
If Liverpool fans were told they were signing a young Inzaghi, then the feeling around this particular move might be a lot more positive.
The former AC Milan striker scored goals for fun at the San Siro for a decade, and also made his name as a poacher on the international stage. If Borini can have a similar impact for Liverpool, then goals and hard work will be on the agenda.
Borini at least deserves a chance to show that he can be a success at the highest-level in England, and if he’s going to do it under anybody, you can guarantee that it will be Rodgers.
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