Borini relishing Rodgers reunion

New Liverpool signing Fabio Borini has told Really Like Football that he can’t wait to re-establish his relationship with Brendan Rodgers, who he worked under at both Chelsea and Swansea, a manager who he claims “knows how to get the best out of him”.

“In Italy the focus is on patience; it’s pass, pass, pass – sideways, backwards, sometimes even going from the opposition box right back to your own touchline. As a striker, I am asked to drop deep and help out in midfield. Now I am coming to England to play a system that suits my game a lot more.”

“I know the gaffer from my time at Chelsea and Swansea; I know that he has a strong focus on getting the ball forward quickly – with the emphasis on long balls into the mixer.”

Borini also looks forward to linking up with Andy Carroll, and has spent the last month watching videos of Carroll with the intention of trying to understand him. He feels that he will push Luis Suarez for a starting role alongside the big number 9, saying:

“Andy is an accomplished player, a complex player; but I have studied his game over the last weeks, and now feel that I understand what he is about. I have even been practicing in a local park, throwing the ball against an old oak tree, and running on to the rebound; I feel this puts me ahead of Suarez. I grew up watching Heskey and Owen, and although I am not as small and fast as Owen, I am excited about our potential big man/little man link-up.”