Sturridge out - is this forgotten Liverpool striker's chance to shine?

It has been a rollercoaster ride for Fabio Borini at Anfield lately. Could that ride be on the up while Daniel Sturridge is out injured?

Fabio Borini's Deadline Day saga needs no more documenting. The Italian striker frustrated Liverpool, Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers fans alike when he refused to join either the Black Cats or the Rs and chose, instead, to stay at Anfield.

Borini is said to want to fight for a first-team place with the Reds - but that doesn't explain why the forward reportedly requested a pay rise before rejecting any interested parties.

But the past is now the past - and Daniel Sturridge's thigh injury, sustained during England duty, might make Brendan Rodgers a little relieved that Borini is still on Merseyside.

Indeed, while Sturridge is out, Rodgers will likely need Borini or Rickie Lambert at their best - especially if he intends to stick with the diamond formation that suited his side so well last season, as well as this term at Tottenham.

The Liverpool boss can, of course, switch to a 4-3-3 and play Mario Balotelli as a lone striker. But should other injuries occur - and should he want to stick with the diamond against either Aston Villa or FC Ludogorets - 23-year-old Borini may actually be in the frame to start.

The reason? Lambert, for all his experience, is simply not mobile enough by comparison. The 32-year-old does have other advantages and could well feature for Rodgers' side. If the Northern Irishman is looking for a bit more pace, however, Borini may be the man he opts for.

After all, the Italian was on form during the Reds' closed-door friendly against Wolves, when he grabbed the assist for Adam Lallana's winner.

And, if Borini is truly serious about his long-term future being at Anfield, it is about time he showed it with some quality football.

With Sturridge out and Liverpool having to play three games in roughly the space of a week after the international break, the 23-year-old may well end up in Rodgers' team - even if it is only from the bench.

For the sake of his career, Borini needs to take this chance to shine.

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