Fabio Borini nears return to add depth to Liverpool's dynamic attack

Fabio Borini

The young Italian forward has returned to training following a lengthy injury lay off, and will soon be able to join Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in his club's frontline.

Having relied upon Luis Suarez almost entirely over the past few months, Liverpool were delighted to see Daniel Sturridge get his Anfield career off to a scoring start at the weekend, and the news that Fabio Borini is close to a return from injury will add further optimism to their fan base.

Borini and Sturridge are both far from the finished article that Suarez is, but they are more than just talented youngsters, and will be able to have a real impact on their side's fortunes in the second half of the season. Borini failed to spark in his first few weeks at the club before a serious injury whilst on international duty saw his 2012 end in October, but adding him into the more settled team that Rodger's now has could see the Italian forward start to produce the form he is capable of.

At the start of the season Borini was played in front of a constantly shifting midfield in a side that was attempting to implement Rodger's style of football in a very short space of time. Borini struggled as the whole team struggled, but with Lucas back, the midfield has taken on a far more settled look, and the whole side is benefitting as a result.

The 21-year-old was also being heavily relied upon as options were scarce in the Liverpool squad, but now will be able to ease into the side as Rodgers has managed to eke out some form from players like Downing as well as adding Sturridge to the squad. There is now a depth to Liverpool's front line that should provide a far more steady approach to Borini's integration into the side, and the player and the team should benefit as a result.

Should all go well, Liverpool have the tantalising prospect of a front three of Borini, Suarez and Sturridge on the horizon. Each is capable of playing through the centre or on the flanks, and the movement the trio will be capable of as a result is a terrifying prospect for opposition defences.

The balance of the three also looks excellent, with each at a different stage of his career. Borini is the young prospect beginning his career in the league, Sturridge is more experienced and ready to start fulfilling his potential, and Luis Suarez is a world class player already. If things go anywhere near as planned, Liverpool's attack could be set for the next few seasons.

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