Italy coach backs Borini to give Liverpool a big problem

Italy’s Under-21 coach Devis Mangia has backed Fabio Borini to give Liverpool a big headache ahead of next season.

Borini is in the Italy squad for the Under-21 European Championship in Israel and he is in line to feature against England in Italy’s first match at the event tomorrow night.

Borini has had a frustrating season for Liverpool, with his progress hampered by injuries as well as the form of Daniel Sturridge and star striker Luis Suarez.

Mangia believes that if Borini, and other talented youngsters in his squad, can all play well, then they’ll have to be first choice at their respective clubs at the start of the next campaign.

“I expect players who didn’t play regularly with their team to be more alive and kicking than ever,” he told

Borini will have a chance at Liverpool with Suarez banned for the first six games of next season and Sturridge struggling with a troublesome ankle problem which could keep him out of the first few games.

That would leave Borini as the primary striker at Anfield and although Brendan Rodgers is likely to make an attacking signing this summer, that is something he can work to his advantage.

Borini has shown glimpses of what he can do for Liverpool but he made just 13 appearances for the club last season and only five of them came as a starting player.

He fits in well to the style of football Rodgers is trying to develop at the club. He’s small, quick, good on the ball and looks to be as creative in the final third as he is a goalscorer.

Mangia has also stressed that it’s a good chance for the striker and those in his situation to leave their club troubles behind and use the Under-21 event to refresh.

“If they had problems with their clubs, they have left them outside the door,” he added.

That’s significant because it allows Borini to forget about the pressure of playing for Liverpool in the Premier League on a temporary basis.

He could easily get bogged down with anxiety ahead of the new season, will he start? How will he play? Will Rodgers signing more than one striker this summer?

They are all key questions when talking about Borini but he can effectively bypass them all if he plays well for Italy’s Under-21 side.

He must take his chances when he’s used by Italy and if he wants it enough, the knock on effects for Liverpool will follow because he’s not a bad player by any means and someone who can score a lot of goals as Liverpool aim for the top for next season.

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