PICTURE: Could this star do a Henderson for Liverpool next season?

Fabio Borini returned to the Liverpool first team in a friendly last night against Shamrock Rovers.

While Liverpool’s competitive season finished last weekend with a win against Newcastle United, the Reds played on last night with a friendly victory against Shamrock Rovers.

The match presented Brendan Rodgers with the opportunity to use a number of fringe and returning loan players in his first team, taking a look at those who didn’t play much for his first team last season.

One player in particular it would have pleased Reds fans to see back in a Liverpool shirt was striker Fabio Borini.

Borini’s Liverpool career was hanging in the balance before he went to Sunderland on loan last season.

His strike rate for the Black Cats wasn’t prolific but he stepped up and scored important goals at key times and he scored last night in his first appearance back in a Liverpool shirt.

His exploits last season weren’t enough to earn him a place in Italy’s World Cup squad but he could be one of Rodgers’ most important players next season.

Rodgers has just admitted that he won’t sign players for the sake of doing so, which means if Liverpool can’t add to their attacking pack for good value this summer, Borini is the man who will be putting pressure on SAS to start up front for the Reds.

One thing you get with Borini is guaranteed work rate and a willingness to work hard for the team.

Another player who has shown those qualities for Liverpool has been Jordan Henderson who has turned himself into one of the club’s most important players and there’s no reason Borini can’t do the same.

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