LIVERPOOL new boy Fabio Borini admits he has a point to prove on his return to English football and believes he will flourish under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers.
The £11million striker, who made the switch to Anfield from Roma earlier this month, is back in the Premier League just a year after parting company with Chelsea.
Borini only made eight first team appearances during his four years in the capital before signing for Parma, who subsequently loaned and then sold him to Roma.
The 21-year-old Italy international enjoyed an impressive first season in Serie A but when offered the chance to join Liverpool he grabbed it.
“The Premier League is the greatest league in the world,” he said.
“I always wanted to play in England. When I left Chelsea I was always thinking that one day I’d be back again.
“When I had been bought by Roma, my first thought was to stay there. I didn’t expect Liverpool to come and buy me but then the offer came.
“It wasn’t a hard decision, It only took five seconds to decide I wanted to come to England. I just wanted everything the quickest way possible.
“I know I have something to prove. That is the case every day on the training ground, every weekend when there is a game. Every time I have to prove that I can play
“I want to bring goals and add value to the team. I want to be recognised as a person first of all and then a footballer.
“I want to be a focal point of the team at some stage of my career and maybe that could be now. I don’t want to move every season, I want to stay in this team for many years.”
Borini was just 16 when he first met Rodgers following his arrival at Chelsea’s Academy from Bologna.
The youngster came to England on his own and the Reds boss helped guide him both on and off the pitch.
Rodgers then signed him for Swansea on loan towards the end of the 2010/11 season and his faith was rewarded with six goals in 12 appearances as Borini helped secure promotion.
“I signed for Liverpool because of the manager,” said Borini.
“He is a footballing father figure to me. I have known him for five years. We have followed each other and it is a good relationship. We have trust for each other.
“Brendan really helped me at Chelsea when I was young. I had a few problems getting into the environment and the English system.
“He recognises when people have a problem inside. He’s a good person to talk with. Some people know when others have problems and are good at talking. Then he helped me at Swansea when I’d been out of the Chelsea team.
“Brendan doesn’t play typical English football.
“He wants to play with the ball on the ground, lots of movement.”
Borini opted to cut short his holiday following Euro 2012 in order to link up with his new team-mates on the pre-season tour of North America and he can’t wait to get started.
Fiercely competitive on the field, he insists he’s very different off it.
“I just want to play football, I don’t like the showbiz,” Borini added. “I don’t see football as a job, but as a game. When football is seen as a job that’s when I don’t like it.
“I’m just a normal person who likes to go on my holidays and chill with my friends.
“I am quiet off the pitch but on the pitch you can bring out a side in yourself that’s maybe the opposite.”
Borini is determined to succeed where his fellow countrymen have failed at Anfield. He will be the fourth Italian to play for the club following keeper Daniele Padelli, Andrea Dossena and Alberto Aquilani.
“I hope to be the opposite,” he added. “If I can do half of what Vialli and Zola did when they were playing in England that would be great – that’s my target.”