Has Fabio Borini's debut Liverpool season been a 'flop' or unlucky?

Liverpool forward Fabio Borini arrived in a blaze of positivity this summer, but hasn't lived up the hype.

Given Fabio Borini's experience playing under Brendan Rodgers in the youth set up at Chelsea and on loan at Swansea; it appeared that the Italian would slot right into his new approach at Liverpool.

Sadly it hasn't worked out that way at all. Borini has scored just one goal for the club - in a Europa League qualifier back in August - and is yet to find the net since.

To find just that one goal, he has made 19 appearances, a strike rate right out of the 'Emile Heskey' handbook.

Yesterday he came off the bench in Liverpool's 5-0 win over Swansea, and instead of bagging a confidence-boosting goal, he ended up suffering a shoulder injury which boss Brendan Rodgers said after the game would rule him out for the rest of the season.

it's Borini's second bad injury since arriving at Liverpool - he had to bounce back from a fractured metatarsal inflicted while training with Italy's under-21 side in October.

There's a lot of talk being put forward at present that Borini is chronically unlucky; which let's be fair, he is. But are those injuries simply glossing over the fact that when he has worn a Liverpool shirt he has looked a shadow of the £11 million striker the Reds believed they were buying.

Borini is young and can be permitted a poor first season, but expectations at a club like Liverpool are high, and often players find the challenge too much. At times the Italian has looked a little lost and overawed, and needs to come back far stronger next season.

The saddest thing is about his metatarsal injury, is that even though Liverpool were left with just Luis Suarez up front as a recognised senior striker - they didn't miss him.

Now with Sturridge added the the fold, it's unlikely they'll miss Borini again either. His performance against Oldham in the FA Cup defeat was particularly poor.

The good news is Borini can now rest up and recharge, and focus on next season, if not a late appearance in May if his recovery goes better than anticipated.

He'll get a full pre-season with the Reds and will be a more mature player more determined to fight for his spot, providing he doesn't take the easy route out of Anfield and back to Italy in the summer as was suggested earlier in the month.

The truth to our question is somewhere in between, Borini has been one of this season's big disappointments when he has played, but his injuries have meant he hasn't had a sustained run in the side either and can also count himself very unlucky.

Liverpool fans what do you make of Borini's performances and misfortune? Will he be around next season?

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