Liverpool: Can Fabio Borini be the new darling of the Kop?
Liverpool fans have idolised many of their star strikers down the years; King Kenny, Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler and Fernando Torres - although his reputation was tarnished when he left for Chelsea. Now 21-year-old Fabio Borini will be desperate to join that illustrious list. And the youngster certainly has the potential to do it.
Borini started his career at Bologna before he joined Chelsea as a teenager. It was there that Rodgers realised what a talent Borini was. Rodgers left Stamford Bridge and ended up at Swansea and in 2011 he persuaded Chelsea to lend him Borini on loan. The Italian was an immediate hit, scoring six times in nine appearances, as the Swans won promotion to the top flight.
Surprisingly Chelsea decided to cash in on their talented youngster and Borini ended up back in his native country. He scored nine times in 24 appearances for Roma and Brendan Rodgers was keen to work with him again - and it's easy to see why.
Borini is your typical Brendan Rodgers footballer. He's not the tallest in the world, but he has a great turn of pace, knows where the goals are, has bags of tricks and loves the ball. Borini can make defenders and goalkeepers look stupid, he knows exactly where to be at the right time inside the box and can score a variety of goals. I'm pretty sure we will be seeing his trademark celebration a lot during the new season.
But what will his arrival mean for the £35 million hitman Andy Carroll? The former Newcastle striker found it hard to adapt to life at Anfield initially but looked to have found his feet in the final quarter of last season, even forcing his way into the England squad for Euro 2012.
Carroll is a nightmare to defend against thanks to his sheer strength and tenacity but there are fears that he just doesn't fit Rodgers's football philosophy. Rodgers has confirmed that he would consider letting Carroll go out on loan, with a possible move to Italian giants AC Milan on the cards. That could be the making of Carroll, but it would surely be a blow to Liverpool's attacking options because Carroll can do things that Suarez and Borini simply can't.
However, Borini will have an extra spring in his step. He will be playing for a manager who has confidence in his ability and who will play to his strengths. What he may lack in height, Borini will make up for it in skill, style and goals.
Calling all Liverpool fans: How are you feeling about Borini's arrival? What do you think he will bring to the team? Do you believe this could signal the end of Andy Carroll's Liverpool career? Would you like to see him farmed out to AC Milan and come back a better player or do you think Rodgers should keep hold of him? What are your expectations for the season ahead? Whatever your views, we'd love to hear from you.
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