Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby is confident Brendan Rodgers has signed a player, in striker Fabio Borini, ideal for his system and style of play.
The Italian completed his move from Roma to Anfield on Friday, after he agreed personal terms with the Reds and passed a medical. The 21 year old, who scored 10 goals in 26 appearances for the Giallorossi last season, has signed a long-term deal for an undisclosed fee to become Rodgers' first signing since he took charge at the Merseyside club last month.
Molby, who spent 11 seasons at Anfield, has praised the signing and stated the forward's versatility, movement and technical ability made him a dangerous weapon.
"He's exactly the kind of player who will fit into the system Brendan wants to play. Technically, Borini is very good, he has two good feet, his movement is excellent and he's a goalscorer. The manager has spoken about playing 4-3-3 and Borini could slot in anywhere along that front line," the club Web site quoted the Dane as saying.
"His mobility and work rate is ideally suited to the kind of football the new manager wants to see. There wasn't one Liverpool player who could be happy with their goal return last season. We desperately needed more options up front. We need to be more prolific this season and hopefully Borini will help us achieve that," Molby pointed out.
Liverpool were strongly linked to Borini in recent weeks and the transfer was widely expected. The forward has worked with Rodgers previously - during his time at Chelsea and also during a loan spell with Swansea City in early 2011. The youngster was particularly impressive in his latter spell, scoring six times in nine games.
"Brendan has stuck his neck out for this kid and clearly has a lot of belief in him. He worked with him at Chelsea and must have been impressed by him to take him to Swansea. He did very well during that loan spell and his goals helped get Swansea into the Premier League," Molby stressed.
"I don't think the fact he didn't make it at Chelsea means a great deal. Borini was very young and he had the likes of Didier Drogba ahead of him in the pecking order. At Chelsea they ask their striker to play in a physical way but Liverpool will rely on his movement," the 49 year old added.
Villa Keeping Tabs on Carroll
Meanwhile, Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has refused to rule out a loan move for Borini's attacking partner Andy Carroll. The England international has been linked with a host of clubs ahead of the new season, including Villa, Fulham and West Ham United and Villans boss Lambert has now confirmed he would be interested in a temporary deal for the 23 year old.
"If we can get him that'd be great! I've heard people are linked with him. That doesn't surprise me. He's a top player and not one I would dismiss," ESPN quoted Lambert as saying.
Lambert was appointed as Villa boss last month, following a three-year spell with Norwich City which saw him guide the club to an impressive debut season in the Premier League, after gaining back-to-back promotions from League One to England's top flight.