Italian striker Fabio Borini was approached by Liverpool over a move to Anfield on transfer deadline day, Sky Sports reports.
The former Chelsea and Swansea forward joined Roma on transfer deadline day on loan from fellow Italian side Parma. Borini impressed whilst on loan at Swansea last season and attracted the interest of Reds manager Kenny Dalglish, who was looking to use Borini to increase his attacking options. Borini’s agent Marco De Marchi revealed the Liverpool interest and also backed his client’s ‘extraordinary ability’.
De Marchi said: ‘Parma did well to believe him when his contract at Chelsea ran out. Then Roma invested heavily on him which confirmed that the player has some extraordinary ability, as you can see from his performances for the Italian Under-21 side. The player was liked by a lot of other clubs, sides such as Liverpool and Hamburg came after him too’.
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Gerrard eyes comeback.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is closing in on a comeback for the Reds and is ready to burst back into the side, The Liverpool Echo reports.
The Reds skipper returns to full training next week and is hoping to be back for the Premier League fixture against Tottenham on September 18th. Gerrard has been on a gruelling rehabilitation programme following groin surgery in April and is desperate to get back into the side. The 31 year old is ready to spearhead the Liverpool players to glory this season and believes that they are in every position to win a trophy this season.
Gerrard said: ‘I feel really good and I’m back kicking balls again – it’s all positive. I should be back in full training with the team on Thursday or Friday of next week. I won’t be involved against Stoke next Saturday, but my plan is to hopefully be involved in the game against Tottenham’.
International duty update.
Liverpool’s Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt was one of the scorers in the Netherlands’ 11-0 win over lowly San Marino, liverpoolfc.tv reports.
Kuyt played 75 minutes in the demolition and scored the fourth Dutch goal. Wales forward, and new Liverpool signing, Craig Bellamy played 90 minutes, but was booked and misses Tuesday night’s qualifier against England at Wembley through suspension. New summer signing Stewart Downing also went the full game as England eased past Bulgaria 3-0.
Slovakian defender Martin Skrtel helped his side gain a goalless draw against the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in their Euro 2012 qualifier. Pepe Reina was an unused substitute for Spain as they beat Chile 3-2 in a friendly fixture. Uruguayan players Luis Suarez and new signing Sebastian Coates featured for their country in a 3-2 win over Ukraine. Suarez was involved in two of the Uruguay goals and Coates featured in the last quarter of an hour for his country.