Almost Done – Liverpool CLOSE To Completing Transfer Of £10.5m Rated Striker

When Brendan Rodgers was appointed Liverpool manager in the summer of 2012, Reds fans were expectant that the young manager will be handed a substantial war chest by FSG, just as his predecessor Kenny Dalglish was, to restore Anfield to its former glory. Some big names were linked with a move, but when the club finally announced Italian Striker Fabio as the first signing of the Rodgers era, it would be an understatement to say that the fan base was left disappointed. So underwhelming was the response to the former Roma striker’s arrival , it seemed that the Reds had signed some 16-year-old academy lad who wasn’t expected to represent the club until several years.

He was one half of an extremely frustrating window that also saw Joe Allen arrive at Anfield. While the Welshman, despite hardly being a success, has nonetheless proved himself useful as a squad player, Borini’s Anfield career has never taken off. It is a travesty that the once promising young striker has not been able to muster even three league goals in his three years as a Liverpool career.

He has undoubtedly been unlucky , injuring himself quite early in his first season , and then failing to dislodge the prolific Suarez – Sturridge partnership. It is a blight on the forward’s reputation that Liverpool’s best ever campaign under Rodgers came when he was out on loan to Sunderland.

However, it was at the Stadium of Light that the forward came into his own, notching 14 goals for the club that season and helping them stave off relegation. With his loan deal expiring last summer, Sunderland were keen to sign him and had placed a £14 million bid for his services. With Rodgers more than happy to let him go, he was widely tipped to depart , but in an unexpected turn of events, decided to stay back and fight for his place.

That seemed to draw the ire of Rodgers who relegated the player to a bit part role and just being in the match day squad was an achievement for the player. The Reds fans have seen many flops throughout their history, but if a list is ever comprised, Borini’s name is bound to be near the out.

However, recent reports doing the rounds in Italy are suggesting that the striker may soon be put out of his misery, with Lazio closing in on his signing.

The player has been left out of the Reds’ squad for their pre-season tour of Asia and Australia as he aims to push through a move back to Serie A.

Il Messaggero have now claimed that the Italian club Lazio have been in contact with Liverpool over a transfer and negotiations are believed to be at an advanced stage,with a decision imminent this week.

Having made his name at Lazio’s cross town rivals Roma, this seems a fresh start for a once promising player whose career has actually gone backwards in the last three years.