Where Fabio Borini must improve to impress at Liverpool this season

Fabio Borini

Borini revealed he wanted to stay at Liverpool, so what will he need to do to be a success?

Liverpool striker Fabio Borini has explained it was always his aim for him to stay at the club this summer, despite offers from Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers - along with reports that manager Brendan Rodgers told the Italian forward that his opportunities would be limited at Anfield this season.

Given how prolific Liverpool's strikers were last season with the now departed Luis Suarez scoring 31 goals, and Daniel Sturridge getting 24 in a season that didn't have Champions League football. If he gets game time he is expected to contribute.

In his first season at the club he only scored the two goals whilst admittedly having rotten luck with injuries, and had a fairly successful loan spell on loan at Sunderland last season.

But he needs to score more than the 10 goals he got last term, even if they were big goals that aided a Premier League survival bid, along with getting the Black Cats to a cup final.

  TeamPosTotal Scoring Att / appsPoss Lost All / appsWon Contest / appsGoals / appsAppsMins
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 5.48 21.61 2.82 0.94 33 2,964
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 3.41 11.62 1.28 0.72 29 2,275
Fabio Borini Sunderland FW 2.09 9.41 0.91 0.22 32 2,143

If we have a look at the statistics above, it seems clear that he is a level below that of last season's formidable strike duo of Suarez and Sturridge.

He had fewer shots on goal per game than either Suarez or Sturridge. It could be an indication that he needs to have more confidence in his ability and be more willing to take a gamble and feel the wrath of his teammates and manager from time to time - it could also be an indication of how much of a free-flowing attacking force the Reds were last term.

Two statistics in that table cover their dribbling statistics. All three strikers like to play off the shoulder of the last defender but both Suarez and Sturridge showed a willingness to drop into deeper positions and take on players, trying to create chances for themselves. They weren't afraid of losing possession during the game in the final third - and that's something Borini must work on if he wants to get some opportunities in the first team on Merseyside this season.

If he can improve those aspects of his game, by being prepared to drop deep, create more opportunities for himself and have more confidence in his ability, his goals per game ratio may also climb significantly.

He's shown he wants to fight for his place at Anfield, now he needs to perform when he gets the opportunity and show he has the stomach for the fight.

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