WFC: Liverpool sign Italian forward ahead of trip to USA
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is a man of his word.
A few days back, he talked about making one or two signings before the legendary English club makes its way to the US for the 2012 Herbalife World Football Challenge. And on Friday he came through, penning AS Roma forward Fabio Borini to a contract.
"It's a top club that has won a lot of trophies in the past — and will do so in the future we hope as well," Borini told the club's official site. "I've got the trust of the manager and the club, which for me is very nice and I'm proud to be here."
Liverpool face Toronto FC at Rogers Centre on July 21 in their only appearance in the 2012 Herbalife World Football Challenge.
While the rumors continue to swirl of the potential signing of American Clint Dempsey with the Reds, it was Borini who became Rodgers's first signing since taking over at Liverpool from Kenny Dalglish.
Rodgers knows Borini well, having had him on loan at Swansea City in the 2010011 promotion season. He also coached him in the Chelsea youth ranks as a 16-year-old.
"I was very keen to bring him here," Rodgers told LiverpoolFC.com. "Fabio fits the model of what we're trying to do in building not only for now, but also for the future. 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."
Borini scored a respectable 10 goals in the most recent Italian Serie A season and also earned his first international cap against the USA in February during the 1-0 American victory.
The 21-year-old Italian national team player was part of the Azzurri squad that made it to the final of Euro 2012, where they lost to Spain.