Rodgers makes Borini his first signing for Liverpool

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Liverpool have signed AS Roma’s Italy forward 
Fabio Borini while Argentina 
midfielder Maxi Rodriguez left Anfield for Newell’s Old 
Boys.

Borini, who worked with 
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on loan at Swansea City last year, has joined on a long-term deal after passing a medical at the Premier League club. No fee was given.

The 21-year-old, who scored 10 goals in 26 appearances forRoma last season, was part of Italy’s Euro 2012 squad whichreached the final before losing 4-0 to holders Spain although he did not play in any of the matches.

“Fabio fits the model of what we’re trying to do in building not only for now, but also for the future,” Rodgers said of his first signing for the Anfield club.

“He’s a big talent, 21 years of age, he scores goals, and his passion, focus and concentration is a very important part of his game – and a big part of what you want from a player.

“He’s technically strong, he’s a good finisher with both feet, he can play central or on the sides in a 4-3-3 up front, he’s quick, and he’s tactically very good,” said Rodgers.

Borini added: “It’s a top club that has won a lot of trophies in the past – and will do so in the future we hope as well.

“I’ve got the trust of the 
manager and the club, which for me is very nice and I’m proud to be here.”

Maxi, who moved to Anfield from Atletico Madrid in January 2010, netted 17 goals in 73 appearances for Liverpool.

“I have tried to give everything every day that I was wearing the LFC crest,” he said. “It has been a great honour to defend this shirt during two and a half years.”