Fabio Borini says he understands Mario Balotelli 'without talking' to him

The Italian seemed to suggest he could forge a good partnership with his fellow countryman as he looks to make an impression at Liverpool.

Liverpool striker Fabio Borini has said he and fellow striker Mario Balotelli can understand each other 'without talking.'

Speaking of a potential partnership with his fellow Italian, Borini said: "I played alongside him against West Ham, we did ok and in the past as well. He's a good player, we're both Italian so we can understand each other without talking."

There may have been an element of linguistic interference in what the striker was saying, but it was evident he thought the pair of them being of the same nationality has its advantages. Borini was talking to Sky Sports about getting into the first team this season having turned down moves to Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers in the summer.

Instead he opted to fight for a place in the Liverpool team, but he seems to be fourth choice in the pecking order behind Daniel Sturridge, Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert.

So far Borini has only started the one game this season - alongside Balotelli in a 3-1 defeat to West Ham United, and has made two substitute appearances.

With Sturridge returning to action this weekend, Borni's chances may be limited even further but after an injury hit first season with the Reds, followed by a successful loan spell with Sunderland last season, he is now determined to make an impression at Anfield.

He added: "The first year was unfortunate because I had big injuries which I could not control - a broken foot and shoulder. That's no-one's fault and no-one can control them.

"I've been away at Sunderland and did well so I think this is the year to actually make my point."

It will be interesting to see how many more opportunities Borini will get this season, and whether he will have made enough of an impression for him to prolong his stay at he club beyond this season.

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