By Tayo Amosu
October 16, 2014
Fabio Borini, the 23-year-old Liverpool forward has revealed his eagerness to perform at the highest level for Liverpool in a recent chat with Sky Sports News.
Borini who was loaned to Sunderland last season has returned to Liverpool with the sole aim of breaking into the Brendan Rogers’ first team and cementing a permanent shirt at the club.
The player remained adamant on a Liverpool stay despite received and accepted offers from Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers (QPR), in the English Premier League.
Borini said: “It was difficult mentally to deal with the situation from one day to another but in my head it was clear that I wanted to stay here and fight for my place. That’s what I have always said in the past and what I have always wanted to do and I am showing it every day in training. I have been at Sunderland and done well, so I think this is the year to make my point to stay here.’’
Borini, 23, had a successful loan spell at English Premier League rivals, Sunderland last season scoring 10 goals in all competitions but now seems very determined to deliver the goods for Liverpool against all odds.
The forward was manager Brendan Rogers’ first ever signing as Liverpool manager when he officially completed a £10.5m transfer from Roma in the Italian Serie A, on the 13th of July, 2012.
After his move, Borini revealed that it was Italy teammate, Mario Balotelli, now a Liverpool player, who urged him to join Liverpool because Balotelli claimed the club has the most exciting fans. His career at Liverpool in his first season suffered some set-backs in form of injuries.
The player suffered a broken foot in October, 2012, in the match against Manchester United, a situation that saw him on the sidelines for 3 months and a dislocated shoulder in February, 2013, a situation that ended his 2012/2013 season.
He joined Sunderland on loan in the 2013/2014 season and there he gained his self-belief after strings of excellent performances especially his contribution to Sunderland’s battle for English Premier League survival, fighting relegation.
Since then Borini’s career had been on the rise and he joined Liverpool for this season’s challenge.
During pre-season with Liverpool, it was confirmed that Liverpool accepted a £14m bid from Sunderland but the player however, decided against the switch, instead choosing to fight for his place in the Liverpool first team.
Also news broke on transfer deadline day that Liverpool agreed a deal with QPR, after he was being told by the Reds that he no longer had a future at the club, but the player remained bent on staying put at Liverpool and blossoming.
This Borini situation would be an interesting one to follow as it is left to be seen if Brendan Rogers would reward the player with playing time for his determination or the manager would just stick to his season plan without the player.
Already, Rogers has signed Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and is reportedly on the verge of cutting short Divock Origi’s season long loan at Lille, so the player can feature for Liverpool in the second half of the season.
On paper, it doesn’t portend a good decision for Fabio Borini to have stayed put at Liverpool ignoring interests from Sunderland and QPR, but how far Fabio Borini’s determination to succeed at and for Liverpool would translate positively, is left to be seen.