UPDATED: Fabio Borini Signs with Liverpool FC

By Kevin Koczwara

Liverpool announced the signing of Roma forward Fabio Borini today after weeks of speculation that the Italian forward was to sign with the team. Since the arrival of the club’s new manager Brendan Rodgers, Borini has been mentioned as a player the former Swansea boss was interested in bringing to Anfield. Boroni is Rodgers first signing since he was appointed manager.

“I was very keen to bring him here. Fabio fits the model of what we’re trying to do in building not only for now, but also for the future,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s official website.

“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.”

Rodgers worked with Borini while the two were with the reserve team at Chelsea — Rodgers as a coach and Borini as a highly touted young forward. They met up again in 2011 when the forward joined Rodgers’ Swansea team in the second half of the 2010/11 season and he helped the team reach promotion from the Championship to the Premier League.

It had been reported by multiple sources that Borini’s transfer to Liverpool was imminent. Today, Borini was spotted at Melwood, Liverpool’s training ground in team attire with the No. 6 on his shirt. He was unveiled today after passing a medical at Melwood and it was confirmed he will wear the No.29, his lucky number according to the team.

Nate at the Liverpool blog Oh You Beauty came up with an interesting stat today regarding why Borini’s abilities as a forward make him valuable in Rodger’s system: he tackles really well for a forward. Tracking and tracking back is expected of forwards in Rodgers’ high pressure system.

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