Friday 23 March 2018

Borini aiming to be cut above rest for Liverpool

Fabio Borini. Photo: Getty Images
Fabio Borini. Photo: Getty Images

Liverpool are also interested in Fulham's Clint Dempsey and have already signed Fabio Borini, who believes he and Luis Suarez will give the Reds what they have been seeking -- an intimidating and combative strike-force.

Borini, a £11m signing from Roma, admits to possessing a twin personality, which he says is similar to Suarez's -- mild-mannered off the pitch, with a fierce will to win on it.

His slightly menacing goal celebration, where he pretends to put a knife between his teeth, sums up his on-pitch persona.

"In Italy we say when one person wants something so much it is like he has a knife between his teeth," said Borini. "As a warrior, as a person you never give up. It was when I was at Chelsea that I started this.

"It was just something I did with my friends when I was in the youth team. After that I kept doing it -- I did it the first time I scored at Swansea and everyone liked it. It was the same at Roma.

"I am quiet off the pitch. But the pitch is where you can bring out a side in yourself that's maybe the opposite -- like Suarez."

Borini admits to returning to England with something to prove after being released by Chelsea. He played for Rodgers at Stamford Bridge and Swansea, and says the paternal relationship between coach and player was the chief factor in his joining Liverpool.

"I signed because of the manager," he said. "He is a footballing father figure. When I was at Chelsea I was 16 -- so I have known him for five years. We have trust for each other. He helped me at Chelsea when I was young. I had a few problems getting into the environment and the English system. Then he helped me at Swansea when I'd been out of the Chelsea team.

"He recognises when people have a problem inside and it's easy to talk to him. I'm also here because of the Premier League. When I left Chelsea I was always thinking one day I'd be back again. I have something to prove." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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