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Saturday, July 14, 2012
Rodgers expects big things from Borini

ESPN staff

Brendan Rodgers believes Fabio Borini will quickly become a crowd favourite at Liverpool after making his first signing as Reds boss.

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Borini, 21, completed his move to Anfield from Roma in a deal reported to be worth 8 million. Rodgers, who worked with Borini at both Chelsea and Swansea, believes the Italy striker fits into the long-term vision at Liverpool.

"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.

"I think the supporters will love him. He's a multi-functional player who can play in a number of positions and someone I believe has got great growth. I'd anticipate that over the next two or three years he'll really progress and I'm sure do very well for Liverpool.

"He is arguably the best physical player I've worked with in terms of his pace, power and fitness. Mentally, he's very strong. We've got a player who is on the up and someone who I think Liverpool will benefit from."

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