Aston Villa 0, Liverpool 2 Villa Park, Birmingham (39,758) Liverpool scorers: Borini 24′, Lambert 79′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 7 Hit and miss when coming for crosses, but played an important part in securing the win towards the end of the second half. Made a great save from Benteke then recovered to clear a cross shortly after. Emre Can – 6.5 Growing into his role at right centre back. Helps those around him when the team have the ball. Martin Skrtel – 7 Almost scored from a great header attacking a corner. Made a good last ditch tackle on Benteke in continue reading
Fabio Borini joined Liverpool from Roma in July 2012 for around £11m. The striker has previously worked with Brendan Rodgers when he was on loan at Swansea for the end of the 2010-11 Championship season, which saw Swansea promoted to the Premier League via the Playoffs.
Born in Bentivoglio, Italy, Borini was a youth player at Bologna FC, the club he supported as a boy, before becoming part of Frank Arnesen’s expensive but ultimately unsuccessful youth academy at Chelsea. He made 8 appearances for Chelsea but failed to score a senior goal for the club, but was thought highly of by Carlo Ancelotti, Chelsea’s manager at the time.
After his loan spell at Swansea he decided to leave Chelsea when his contract was up, having already signed a pre-contract agreement to return to his home nation with the Italian side Parma, with compensation of around £300,000 being paid to Chelsea. He was immediately loaned out to Roma who ended up paying Parma around £6m to sign him outright.
Borini scored 10 goals in 26 appearances for his Italian club before joining Liverpool.
Fabio has represented Italy at international level from under 17 level through to the under 21 age group, and was handed his first senior cap in a 1-0 friendly defeat to the United States. He was included in the Italian squad which reached the final of Euro 2012, but was not used by manager Cesare Prandelli.
Newcastle 0, Liverpool 6 St James’ Park, Newcastle (Att: 52,351) Liverpool Scorers: Agger (3), Henderson (17, 76), Sturridge (54, 60), Borini (74) Pepe Reina – 6 Glen Johnson – 7 Jamie Carragher – 6 Daniel Agger – 7 Jose Enrique – 6 Lucas – 7 Steven Gerrard – 7 Stewart Downing – 7 *Philippe Coutinho – 8 Jordan Henderson – 8 Daniel Sturridge – 8 SUBSTITUTES Fabio Borini – 6 Suso – N/A Jonjo Shelvey – N/A
Fabio Borini, Dani Pacheco, Jonjo Shelvey, Rahhem Sterling, Suso, and Samed Yesil all feature in the Don Balon list for 2012. Despite not featuring for Liverpool lately due to injury, Fabio Borini will have made the list because of his form during his time at Roma, where his performances earnt him a call up to the Italy squad for Euro 2012. Jonjo Shelvey, Suso, and Raheem Sterling have become important players in Liverpool’s first team squad this season. This is partly due to the relatively small size of the squad, but also due to the fact that these players have continue reading
As Liverpool FC approach the first leg of their Europa League third qualifying round tie, away to FC Gomel, many questions surrounding the club’s foray into a new season under a new manager remain unanswered. The usual rumours of players in and out are doing the rounds of the websites and newspapers of questionable reliability, and fans are getting worried that there seems to be more player movement away from the club, than there is coming into it. As with most Premier League clubs, our pre season so far has been based around marketing rather than football. Brendan Rodgers would continue reading