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^^ I personally wouldn't want to see him go, rather he'd stay and fight for his place.
Thing is, he's not really the type of player that fits into the way BR likes his teams to play. Interesting few days lie ahead
looks like we are getting fabio borini for 12M
thoughts? haven't seen the guy play, but the vids shows that he can score
nakakatawa lang yung ceremony na pag nakaka-goal hehe
haven't seen the kid play either, but by all accounts seems to be a decent player, and he's highly regarded in Italy
hopefully if he does sign, he can be that goal poacher that we've been missing for years now.
A team player and model pro: What Liverpool can expect from Fabio Borini by Italian football expert Mina Rzouki
He's still a boy off the pitch but can be the man for Brendan Rodgers on it, says our Serie A ace Off the pitch it is evident that Liverpool target Fabio Borini is still a very young man. Reserved and softly spoken, his mannerisms regularly betray him revealing a nervous edge. Looking away as he answers his questions, his personal life guarded with ferociousness.
On the field however, we see the other side of the hungry striker. “I like his anger,” Carlo Ancelotti grinned as he described the young Italian he used to manage at Chelsea. “His meanness, and his desire to always be the first on the ball.”
As a player, Borini is the poster child for dedication and commitment. For him, football is simply not a game to enjoy but rather a profession to master. It is this precise determination to succeed that has seen Borini establish himself both at club and international level. Perhaps the precise reason why, as a youngster, he often deliberated over his decision to be a footballer. How much will he have to sacrifice to be the very best?
Born into a family of athletes, Borini knew he had to be a sportsman. His father Roberto ran the 400 metres races at an amateur level, his sister Gloria was a long jumper whilst his mother Cynthia regularly partook in marathons. Sport was the answer and Fabio entered the world of football becoming a youth product of Bologna, the football club he and his family supported.
Determined but rarely spectacular, Borini always played alongside someone who appeared to be better than him. Yet despite his relative mediocrity, it was difficult to ignore his predatory nature and his instinct for goal. So much so that Chelsea came knocking.
Leaving his country and his family behind, Borini came to England and the sacrifices for his profession had begun. He often spoke of loneliness, of the difficulty in settling into a country he felt to be so different to his own but gradually he began to enjoy it. He took up cooking lessons, trained heavily and quickly became the first choice striker for the Chelsea reserve team before scoring 10 goals in 11 games the next year to finish as top scorer.
Borini's eye for a goal and his great finishing demanded attention. “At Chelsea, Ancelotti defined me as a nuisance like [Filippo] Inzaghi,” he recalls. Displaying the same hunger for goal and the same lethality in the box, Borini was a little Inzaghi but to describe his as just a goal scorer is simply an injustice.
Tactically flexible, the ex-Chelsea player can play any position in attack, on the left, through the middle or on the right. He can play as the centre forward or as a second striker as he can exploit his pace and willingness to uncover space when deployed in a more withdrawn role. Additionally, his sacrificial nature sees him eager to provide for the side when out of possession whilst statistically, he produced more tackles than any other attacking player for Roma last season.
His overall game combined with his intensity intrigued Ancelotti, who offered him the chance to form part of Chelsea’s Champions League squad. The Italian Coach always smiled when he recalled the boy, explaining to la Gazzetta dello Sport how the 17-year-old ordered his teammates to turn off the stereo that was pumping rap music, as it always did before every game. “I need silence to concentrate!”
It’s perhaps interesting to note than when asked what was the most important lesson he learned as a young footballer, Borini replied: “In the locker room, the newcomer should always be quiet. In the beginning I used to just say what I thought.”
The striker was loaned out to Swansea where he scored six goals in 12 matches, Parma than decided to bring Borini back to Italy in the summer of 2011 before loaning him out to Roma, who had just embarked on a new project with Luis Enrique at the helm.
Under the Spaniard, Borini developed his game even further and, despite fierce competition from Roma’s vast array of attacking talent, the young striker grabbed the many chances he was offered to exhibit his talent. His undeniable technique, his work off the ball and his pressing game proved invaluable for Roma and his devastating performances against Claudio Ranieri’s Inter side and Palermo allowed his team to accumulate much needed points at a time in which they were fighting for a spot in Europe.
So what can he bring to Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool side? Fiercely competitive and eager to impose himself, Borini is curiously calm under pressure and hardly ever intimidated regardless of the amount of stars he has played alongside. Aware of his quality, his insatiable right foot and the ability to score goals, he finished last season as Roma’s second highest goal-scorer.
Despite his many qualities, though, Borini is very much a boy whose talents require refinement. The easiest Roma player to be dispossessed, he struggles for control at times and his natural inclination to always play the ball to feet makes has seen him fail in his attempts to provide crosses to the middle. Curiously Liverpool were statistically the most successful side in the Premier League last season in terms of crossing ability but Rodgers’ Swansea side were one of the poorest.
What Liverpool can expect, should they manage to complete the deal, is a team player and a model professional. Borini may be reserved off the pitch and uninterested in joining his teammates on nights out but on the pitch, he will do all he can to provide them with what they need to drive their team forward.
kung goal poacher role rin lang, i think we had that w/ dirk kuyt and maxi rodriguez (i hope he will stay amid rumors of going out). he can be a good replacement for dirk and more
additional link here
excerpt: Fabio Borini always gives 100 per cent, even when he's asleep - Roma coach Luis Enrique
The Reds kick off the pre-season with a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC
will he still be in red by the the end of august?
"The Boss" is back
looks like the England lads and Borini have joined up with the rest of the squad in Boston
Luis Suarez signs new contract
Great news, hopefully puts to bed all the rumours of him leaving.Luis Suarez has explained why he had no hesitation in committing his future to Brendan Rodgers' new Anfield era – and insists he's already itching to don the Liverpool jersey again and get back onto the pitch.
The Uruguay forward signed a new long-term contract with the Reds on Tuesday afternoon, much to the delight of Kopites across the globe.
And despite having only just returned to Melwood following his involvement at the Olympics, Suarez is eager to get back onto the field.
The No.7 told Liverpoolfc.com: "I'm happy to be back.
"Training is going fine. It had been a long time since I'd last seen the boys and the people who work at Melwood, so it's been great to do that in the last few days. I am happy because I have come back and I am training for the start of the next match.
"I am fit and I can play (on Thursday), but it's not my decision - you'll have to ask the manager!"
Suarez was involved in World Cup qualification matches after the 2011-12 season drew to a close before taking part in the group stage of the Olympics' football tournament with Uruguay.
The striker did manage to take a near-three-week break in between and admits he feels raring to go.
"When you go to play with the national team it's very important, but I also had 20 days holiday with my family," he said.
"After that, I started at the Olympics and tried to do my best for the national team, but I came back (to Melwood) a little quick. We hoped to play better, but we were unlucky.
"It was nice for me to be captain. To be captain of my national team is unbelievable and to play at the Olympics was good for me."
He added: "I am still a boy. I am 25-years-old. I think when you say, 'I am tired' it is an excuse. I live for, and love to, play football. I am never tired."
Suarez returned to Melwood on Monday, where he met new boss Rodgers for the first time.
However, the pair kept in close contact over the course of the summer following the Northern Irishman's appointment - and the forward is looking forward to working for the Reds boss.
Suarez added: "He is a good person. I spoke with him last week and he spoke fantastic to me.
"We know what he wants - he wants us to play with the ball all of the time and it's very important. We try our best in training and we hope to do so in the matches, also.
"He wants us to play with the ball all of the time. He tells us he wants 70-minute or 90-minute concentration all of the time in training. This is very important.
"I am enjoying training and happy with it. It's important for players to play with the ball all of the time - and with the manager that's what we're trying.
"I think he is a good manager and I was impressed with the work he did with Swansea last season. We played them twice and they tried to take the ball from us in good positions with lots of pressure.
"I think Brendan will try the same with Liverpool and we will all try to do our best."
On a personal level, Suarez is aiming to provide Rodgers' side with a number of goals and assists in 2012-13.
However, the 25-year-old claims he doesn't mind who hits the back of the net as long as Liverpool are winning matches.
"I hope my work can help the team with goals and assists, but for me it's no problem," he explained.
"I know I am a striker and my job is to score, and I try to do this all the time and give my best on the pitch, but I also hope to help the team score goals because when Liverpool win, that is very important for me."
Now let's tie up the likes of Agger and Skrtel
^ lovely 1st game at home for BR, and it is fun to see the 'knife between the teeth' ceremony in anfield. same w/ the red goal nets
looks like we are in for some team changes in the next few days: allen in, bellamy out
Brendan Rodgers takes notes, doesn't excite easily. I think I'm gonna like this guy.
^parang si rafa lang haha
excited for saturday btw. 1st pl game vs wba
Liverpool Football Club have reached an agreement with SC Heerenveen for the transfer of winger Oussama Assaidi, subject to the player passing a medical.
The 24-year-old, who has scored 20 goals in 68 appearances for Heerenveen in the Dutch Eredivisie, will now undergo a medical at Melwood.
Assaidi has represented his native Morocco 22 times since making his international debut in February 2011.
One of the highlights of his young career came in a 6-2 win over FC Twente in 2010 when he scored a hat-trick and assisted the other three goals.
Don't know anything about this guy, but apparently he was all set to join Ajax until we came along. Judging by the video, he looks a decent talent, only time will tell I guess
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