Liverpool boss offers hope to 'excellent' Fabio Borini

The Italian attacker is hoping for more Premier League football at Anfield this season.

When Fabio Borini made a move to Liverpool he probably thought he was in for a great time under boss Brendan Rodgers.

He had previously worked under Rodgers at Chelsea and Swansea City so was excited to to get going at Anfield - leaving Roma after just one season in a €13.3 million transfer.

But his time at Anfield has so far been frustrating.

He struggled for form early on in his Liverpool career while since then he has been struggling with fitness - suffering serious shoulder and foot injuries during his time at the club.

The emergence of Raheem Sterling also made his place in the team far from guaranteed.

Last season he impressed during a loan spell at Sunderland and they, along with QPR, made a move for his permanent services during the summer.

But Borini decided he wanted a Liverpool stay - ready to fight for his first-team place.

He did himself no damage with a solid performance in the Capital One Cup against former club Swansea City in midweek.He played well throughout, even bagging an assist for his Italian pal Mario Balotelli.

It was a performance that did not go unnoticed by Rodgers. He has spoken to the official Liverpool site today - and had positive things to say about the 23-year-old Italian.

Rodgers said:

"With Daniel out, of course it's a miss, but it's an opportunity. The other night we gave an opportunity to players who haven't featured so much and they were outstanding.

"Fabio Borini was excellent, a real threat. He put in a wonderful cross for the first goal and did very, very well."

Sturridge is out and Borini's good relationship with Balotelli might make Rodgers consider throwing him into the action against Newcastle United this weekend.

Perhaps Borini does still have a future at Liverpool after all.

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