Liverpool - The Fabio Borini issue

Just how many opportunities is the Italian likely to get at Anfield, now?

It has become apparent this season that Fabio Borini’s opportunities at Anfield this season will be limited unless something drastic happens.

With Daniel Sturridge and Iago Aspas – though Aspas played in a slightly deeper role – ahead of Borini in the pecking order, with Luis Suarez still to return from his ban, and with Liverpool in the market for another striker, it makes you wonder when Borini is going to get a decent opportunity.

Ever since his £10.5m signing from Roma, Borini’s performances have been scrutinised closely, and to be fair to him he hasn’t had the best of luck since he pulled on a red shirt.

A debut goal against Belarusian side FC Gomel in a Europa League qualifier was a promising start for the Italian, but that promise didn’t lead up to any substantial form.

He has had a difficult time on the injury front since arriving at Anfield. He suffered a broken foot which sidelined him for three months, then straight after returning from that injury he dislocated his shoulder meaning another ten week layoff.

Towards the end of the last campaign there was a degree of promise from Borini’s performances – including his goal at Newcastle United, there has been some encouragement with the positions he has taken up and his off the ball movement – but even the staunchest of his supporters can’t argue that no matter how well he's demonstrated those attributes, his goal return has left a lot to be desired.

Last night played in Liverpool’s under 21 fixture against Manchester United scoring twice – is this just a case of trying to build up the confidence of a young man who has lost a great deal of confidence as a result of his first season? Either way it looks as if Liverpool have seen an opportunity to give him some game time. 

Despite Brendan Rodgers admitting Daniel Sturridge wasn’t 100% fit for Liverpool’s game with Stoke at the weekend, Borini didn’t feature towards the end of the game, which one would thing to be the type of scenario where he’d be useful.

The opportunity that it looks like he will get early on this season will be the League Cup game against Notts County.

Early on in the season there is likely to be some squad rotation, Borini will have an opportunity to fill his boots and prove why decent money was spent on him. If he doesn’t get amongst the goals, then his Anfield future looks bleak to say the least. 

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