On what has been a busy day for Liverpool Football Club, they have announced the signing of Fabio Borini for a reported €10 million from Roma. The Italian, who has earned one cap for his country, becomes the first signing of the Brendan Rodgers era at Anfield, having teamed up with him before at both Chelsea and Swansea.
Having began his career at Bologna, he made the move to Chelsea in 2007 and went on to impress for the reserve team with a return of 10 goals from 11 games in the 2008-09 season. However, he would only go on to make 3 appearances for the first team during his time at Stamford Bridge.
He was reunited with Rodgers at Swansea, having made the loan move from Chelsea in 2011 and helped to propel them to the Premier League, netting six times in nine appearances for the Welsh outfit and putting in a strong performance in the play-off final.
During the 2011-12 season he played his football at Roma, on loan from Parma. His strong performances and his nine goals helped to convince Cesare Prandelli to call him up to the Italian senior side for their game against the United States in February, and the Italian coaching staff are believed to have high hopes for his future.
It remains to be seen whether he can handle the pressure of wearing the Liverpool shirt this season, although it is clear that Brendan Rodgers has faith that he can perform at this level consistently. It is also unsure what this signing will mean for players such as Andy Carroll and Craig Bellamy, who are both rumoured to have been subject to a number of bids for their services.
Watch this space for more news coming out of Anfield in the coming weeks…