Fabio Borini aims for Italy recall, but will he get it at Liverpool?

Fabio Borini

The Italian is ambitious but chances may be hard to come by for Borini.

Liverpool forward Fabio Borini has said he aims to get back into the Italian national side in the near future.

Borini has made one appearance for the Azzurri in February 2012 in a 1-0 defeat against the United States.

The 23-year-old has found opportunities hard to come by so far this season. After a summer where he rejected permanent moves to Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers, Borini has only started one game so far this season and made two appearances from the bench.

He told the Liverpool website he is trying to work his way into the first team, even with competition from Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert - along with the main striker Daniel Sturridge, who is due to return to action after the international break.

He revealed his targets along the way. After getting into the first team, these would be his goals: "After that, I want to stay in the team, score goals and break my scoring record in the Premier League, and perform. I haven't changed my personality, but I have improved my game.

"I can offer hard work in performances every week and goals, as I did in the past. For Sunderland, I did very well and scored important goals.

"I can do the same here; with better players around me, it could probably be easier and with better results. I want to get back in the national team as well because that's a big aim.

"With a new manager, a new system and a new structure to the Italian national team, that can be a really good target for me, to get into the team and stay there as long as possible."

Borini faces a tough task getting himself into the Liverpool team. He hasn't looked bad in the games he has played but he hasn't made the desired impact when he has been given his opportunity.

The Italian seems to need game time. Last season at Sunderand he was afforded a lot of game time and looked a more confident, better player as a result. But he had a lot of opportunity to show his talents and he is not going to get that at Liverpool.

His agent Marco de Marchi said he isn't looking for another club for his client: “The situation is exactly the same as it was in September, in the sense that he is very happy to be part of this important team.

“He has managed to find some space playing in the Champions League and starting in the Premier League. Things are progressing as expected.

“At this moment we don’t have anything in mind for his future, as the lad is focused only on his team and the current campaign.”

It does look as though he will have to wait a while longer, though. One would expect Borini to get the odd opportunity to line up as part of a front three in the League Cup tie against Swansea City, or as a substitute in games in the coming weeks.

But those kind of opportunities are unlikely to be enough for Antonio Conte to sit up and take notice. Couple that with Divock Origi arriving in the summer from Lille, it could limit Borini's chances even further.

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