Italian striker Fabio Borini, who only recently transferred to Anfield from Serie A club AS Roma, has declared his aim is to become a key player for the Reds and help score more goals for the club than they managed last season.
Last season, one of the primary reasons Kenny Dalglish saw his side stutter and fall in the league was that they scored only 47 goals, compared to the 88 eventual champions Manchester City netted, the 86 that rivals Manchester United managed and the 68 and 62 strikes Arsenal and Chelsea scored. The 21 year old forward, who enjoyed a good season with Roma, is confident his new team can do better this year. The former Chelsea youth player was called up to his national team and travelled to Poland and Ukraine for the 2012 European Championships after finding the net 10 times in 26 games for Roma.
"I hope to bring goals to Liverpool. I want to bring goals and add value to the team. I want to be a big player here. In Italy I think I did well with Roma, but it is a little bit different being there as a young player because you're not seen as a big star. You always have to do the hardest thing to get noticed," the Mirror quoted Borini as saying.
"But I want to be a focal point of the team at some stage of my career. Maybe it could be now. I don't want to move every season. I want to stay in this team for many years and be an important part of the team," he added.
Meanwhile, Liverpool tasted defeat for the first time in the Brendan Rodgers' era, after, ironically, losing to Roma in a pre-season friendly in the US. The game was played at Fenway Park in Boston and two strikes from Michael Bradley and Alessandro Florenzi, in the second half, were enough for Roma to register the win. Liverpool had largely an anonymous afternoon's work, managing only a late consolation goal - through Charlie Adam.
The defeat, however, could be explained by the fact Rodgers chose to play a relatively young starting eleven, including only defenders Martin Skrtel and Jamie Carragher and midfielder Joe Cole from the first team. Roma, on the other hand, opted to field first team veterans, including club legend Francesco Totti, Argentinean ace Pablo Osvaldo and defender Zdenek Zeman. Nonetheless, Rodgers said he was pleased with his side's overall performance.
"I was really pleased because there were a lot of positives. Our pressing was good and our goal was excellent. I thought Lucas was fantastic in the second half and the structure of our game was good. The most important thing is the conditioning," the Telegraph quoted Rodgers as saying.
"Overall, I have no complaints. It's an invaluable experience against top players and it will help them. Ryan McLaughlin (the 17-old Northern Irish right back) will never forget his debut marking Francesco Totti," he added.