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Fabio Borini Joins Liverpool

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SWANSEA, WALES - APRIL 12:  Swansea striker Fabio Borini gets in a shot during the npower Championship match between Swansea City and Hull City at Liberty Stadium on April 12, 2011 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - APRIL 12: Swansea striker Fabio Borini gets in a shot during the npower Championship match between Swansea City and Hull City at Liberty Stadium on April 12, 2011 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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BBC Sport - Fabio Borini joins Liverpool from Roma on a long-term contract

Fabio Borini has completed his move to Liverpool from Roma and become the first signing of Brendan Rodgers's Anfield reign.

The Reds have refused to disclose how much they have paid for Italy forward Borini, although the fee is reported to be £11m.

Borini, 21, worked with Rodgers at the Chelsea academy and on loan at Swansea in March 2011.

"I've got the trust of the manager. I'm proud to be here," said Borini.

The former Bologna player will wear the number 29 shirt.

Borini scored six goals in 12 appearances for Swansea before the forward joined Parma on a free transfer after his contract expired at Chelsea. He then moved to Roma.

Well, well, well... it looks like we have ourselves another +10 striker for the new season. Borini is young and is probably just ready to start playing (and staring) regularly for a club. He was called up to the senior Italy side for Euro2012, though he didn't see the pitch.

So all the raw attributes, plus he knows the manager and is comfortable with his style. That seems huge to me. And if indeed Andy Carroll could be loaned out to get playing time... well, I think Brendan Rodgers is very quickly going to put his stamp on this Liverpool side. And that could be very advantageous for them, and for us fantasy managers.