Fabio Borini: Mario Balotelli helped convince me to join Liverpool

Liverpool's Fabio Borini reveals Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli played a part in convincing him to move to Anfield

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Fabio Borini joined the Reds from Roma this summer Photo: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

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Fabio Borini has revealed Mario Balotelli played a part in convincing him to join Liverpool this summer.

The 21-year-old scored his first goal for the Reds in a 3-0 victory over Gomel in their Europa League third-round qualifier earlier this month after moving in a £10m deal from Roma.

Borini was a member of Cesare Prandelli’s Italy squad at Euro 2012, and the former Swansea City forward said Balotelli spoke glowingly about Liverpool’s supporters during the tournament.

“The fans played a big part [in me joining Liverpool],” Borini, who was also a youth player at Chelsea, told FourFourTwo.

“When I was with Italy at Euro 2012, I was talking to Balotelli about England, and he told me that Liverpool had the most exciting fans to play in front of.

“He described it as a beautiful experience.

“I became aware that Brendan Rodgers wanted me, and once I got the official request I knew what to do. I spoke with Roma to discuss it and we came to an agreement.”

Carlo Ancelotti handed Borini his professional debut at Stamford Bridge in 2009, with the former Chelsea boss likening the forward’s style to that of Italy legend Filippo Inzaghi.

“It’s wonderful to hear great managers like Ancelotti mentioning you alongside such prestigious company,” he added.

“I think Inzaghi won almost everything and scored many, many goals in the Champions League as well as in the national team. It is an honour to be compared to him.

“I am a striker but I played right and left at Roma. I think I have the attributes to fill the Liverpool manager’s approach. I like to work hard for the team, which is what his tiki-taka style demands.

“I just try to be available and always offer an option. I love scoring goals and hope to get many more wearing the red of Liverpool.”

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