New player factfile : Fabio Borini (Liverpool) who has singed from Roma.
Date of Birth: 29/03/91
Height: 5ft 11in
Previous clubs: Bologna (2001-07), Chelsea (2007-11; loaned to Swansea 2011), Parma 2011-12; loaned to Roma 2011/12).
Transfer fee: Undisclosed
Profile: A dynamic forward who can play both centrally and out wide, Borini has already experienced life in the Barclays Premier League, albeit during a brief spell at Chelsea.
Handed his Chelsea first team debut by Carlo Ancelotti in September 2009 against Tottenham, he went on to make eight senior appearances. Frustrated at a lack of action, he opted not to sign a new Chelsea deal and moved on loan to Swansea City to play under new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers in March 2011.
Borini scored six goals in twelve games as the Swans won promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.
After honing his craft under Rodgers at Swansea, Parma confirmed they had signed him in July 2011. Last August he was loaned out to Roma where Borini impressed hugely, excelling particularly in the second half of last season, scoring ten goals in twenty-six games in all competitions and earning a call-up to the Italy squad that reached the UEFA EURO 2012 final (though Borini saw no action in Poland and Ukraine).
Still only 21, there is no doubt that Borini is a player of enormous potential.
He says: “I don’t like doing anything the easy way. If you take the safe option you’ll never get the best out of yourself.”
Brendan Rogers (Liverpool manager) says: “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.”