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Wednesday 01 August 2012

New player factfile #2: Liverpool's Fabio Borini

Fabio Borini is a young, streaky striker with a never-say-die attitude

  • Fabio Borini made three Barclays Premier League appearances for Chelsea

  • He scored six goals in 12 matches while on loan at Swansea City in the Championship

  • The Italian striker helped the Swans win the Championship play-off final

  • Last season's loan spell from Parma to Roma returned nine Serie A goals

  • He has been reunited with Brendan Rodgers and English football at Liverpool

In the second of our profiles on this season's Barclays Premier League signings, casts a quick glance over Liverpool's spry Italian striker.

Fabio Borini

Club: Liverpool
Nationality: Italian
Position: Forward
DOB: 29/03/91
Age: 21
Height: 5ft 11in
Squad No: 29
Transfer fee:  Undisclosed
Fantasy Premier League transfer fee: £8m
Contracted: Long term
Previous clubs: Bologna (2001-07), Chelsea (2007-09; loaned to Swansea 2011), Parma 2011-12; loaned to Roma 2011/12).
League appearances: 3 (Premier League); 9 (Championship); 24 (Serie A)
League goals:  6 (Championship); 9 (Serie A)
International appearances: 1
International goals:
Honours:  2010/11 Championship play-off winner

Profile: A fleet-footed forward who can play centrally and on the flanks, Borini has already played in the Barclays Premier League, albeit in a cameo role during a brief spell at Chelsea. After honing his craft under Brendan Rodgers at Swansea, Borini impressed on loan at Roma, excelling in the second half of last season and earning a call-up to the Italy squad that reached the UEFA EURO 2012 final. Though Borini saw no action in Poland and Ukraine, he is a streaky striker with such potential Rodgers insisted on making him his first signing for Liverpool.

He says: "I don't like doing anything the easy way. If you take the safe option you'll never get the best out of yourself."

They say: "He's technically strong, he's a good finisher with both feet, he can play central or on the sides in a 4-3-3 up front, he's quick, and he's tactically very good."
(Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool manager)

Interesting stat: Scored six goals in 12 matches during a loan spell at Swansea.

Did you know? Borini celebrates his goals by putting his flattened hand in his mouth as though he has a knife between his teeth (see photo gallery above); a sign that he is a gritty competitor who never gives up.

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Key Points

  • Fabio Borini was called up to Italy's UEFA EURO 2012 squad
  • Italy striker is versatile and boasts a quick turn of pace
  • Still only 21, Borini is a player of enormous potential