By Kevin Koczwara
Fabio Borini is Brendan Rodgers’ first signing as Liverpool manager. He was a top-priority for Rodgers during the summer of 2012, after he was appointed, and the forward made it known he was determined to repay the manager’s faith by skipping the break he was allowed after taking part in the Euros that summer with Italy.
Things didn’t work out as planned for the former Chelsea youth player with Liverpool. Injuries hampered his first season and then he went out on loan last year. None of this has deterred the 23-year-old, though — not even the rumors that he could soon be leaving. Instead, Borini has said he is determined to make his mark on Liverpool and convince Rodgers he is a vital part of his squad.
“So, after his holidays he will go back to Liverpool to prepare for the new season wearing the shirt of this historic club. He wants to compete with everyone and be an extra resource for the coach and the team,” Borini’s agent Marco De Marchi told the Liverpool Echo. “Borini could be of use to any team, but no one has contacted us and his desire is to show what he has got at Liverpool.”
Borini scored 10 goals in 40 appearances for Sunderland last year and helped them secure their place in the Premier league again despite a horrid start to the season. Sunderland was in the relegation zone for most of the season, but Borini’s vital goal against Chelsea late in the season and his contributions as one of the team’s forwards made him a club favorite. Rumors have been swirling that Guy Poyet and the Black Cats want to make his move permanent, but no official bid has been reported.
The Italian forward scored twice in 20 matches in all competitions for the Liverpool in his first and only season with the club. Most of his appearances came off the bench as a substitute, though. Borini had worked with Rodgers at both Swansea City and Chelsea before joining him at Liverpool.