Why Fabio Borini could be a big winner during Liverpool's pre-season

Luis Suarez seemingly on his way, Iago Aspas out of favour whilst Sturridge and Lambert are afforded a little more time off, it's a chance for Borini to impress.

Liverpool striker Fabio Borini may be the only senior striker to fly out for the Reds' pre-season tour of the USA from the very start according to the Daily Post.

With Luis Suarez seemingly edging closer to the Anfield exit door with a move to Barcelona, and both Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert given some time off after their participation in the World Cup, it could be a chance for Fabio Borini to prove himself at Liverpool.

Borini signed for the Reds from Roma in the summer of 2012 for a fee believed to have been around £10.5 million and struggled during his first season at Anfield, with a few injury problems and only managing to score two goals in all competitions. 

However, he went on loan to Sunderland last season and was a central figure in their survival campaign in the Premier League and scored at crucial moments on the Black Cats run to the League Cup final - even scoring the opening goal in the final itself as they went down 3-1 to Manchester City.

It was a season that meant Sunderland want to keep hold of the Italian but the Reds appear unwilling to sell as they are competing on four fronts this season. 

With Borini said to be the main striker for the start of pre-season, it is a good opportunity for the 23-year-old to get a decent run of games together and re-adapt to life back in a Liverpool shirt.

What the striker seemed to really benefit from in the North East was a run of games, something which he never really got at Liverpool whether that was through injury or loss of form. If he can build up some momentum and form during the pre-season, and be in contention for selection come the opening day of the Premier League against Southampton on August 16th then it could work to both his and Liverpool's advantage.

Before their tour of the US, Liverpool have friendlies against Brondby and Preston North End before facing Roma, Olympiacos, Manchester City and AC Milan across the Atlantic. 

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