Liverpool stunned everyone yesterday evening with a ruthless cutting edge display of attacking football that completely put Newcastle United to the sword at St James Park.
With a difficult week behind them after Luis Suarez’s decision to bite into Branislav Ivanovic’s forearm last weekend it was imperative to Brendan Rodgers that his team put on a good show against The Toon; and that they did in a 6-0 pasting.
Many players caught the eye during the fixture. For me Phillipe Coutinho once again showed his class with an absorbing display while Daniel Sturridge proved his worth with an excellent performance albeit against a poor Newcastle effort.
However what really grabbed the headlines was the immediate return to action and form for Italian international Fabio Borini.
The former Chelsea youngster had been out since February with a dislocated and that followed a three-month spell on the side-lines with a broken metatarsal at the tail-end of 2012. It has certainly been a difficult season for Borini.
Because while the injury problems were one major impacting issue his form prior to said ailments was also doing little to justify his £10.5 million price tag.
Indeed his first few games for the Merseyside outfit he was operating from out-wide; a position which he had played previously with Roma but not exactly the one which suited him entirely.
Now with Luis Suarez banned for 10 games Borini may just have the chance to highlight his talents as a central striker once again.
It did not take him long to do so at St James’ as he scored within just a minute of his introduction into the proceedings:
So while the Suarez ban may be bad for most it certainly gives hope for Borini to show what he is made of in the final few weeks of the season; something Brendan Rodgers has eluded to:
“It’s been a difficult first season for Fabio. With the injuries he’s had it’s not been ideal but it’s been a great learning season for him. If he can help us now over the coming weeks it will give him a platform to build on for next season.”
If he continues to add to his first Premier League goal it should be some platform to build on.
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