Having had last season interrupted by injuries, Liverpool striker Fabio Borini is hoping having recovered in full he will be in a position to nail down a first team place at Anfield. And a move away from the club is not on the cards for the former Roma striker.
His agent Marco De Marchi has been quick to dismiss rumours linking the player with a move back to Italy with Lazio. He told tuttomercatoweb: “Interest from Lazio? Absolutely not, no one has contacted me and I don’t like to talk about hypothetical scenarios. Fabio has signed a four-year deal with Liverpool just the last year and he’s doing great in England.”
With just 1 goal in 13 apearances for Liverpool Borini has yet to convince at the premier League side but this has been down more to a poor run with injuries rather than anything else. He showed a return to form for Italy in this Summer’s European Under-21 Championships.
He scored the winning goal that knocked the Netherlands out in the semi-finals of the competition and scored again in the final in the defeat to eventual champions Spain.
Borini suffered a recurrence of a foot injury on October of last season which ruled him out for three months. Disaster struck again in February when he dislocated his shoulder in a 5-0 win over Swansea.
But even then manager Brendan Rodgers showed every faith in the player, saying: “It’s been a difficult season for Fabio, coming to such a big club and getting an injury early on that put him out for three months.
“He came back, worked hard and waited for his moment, and then he did his shoulder. It’s been difficult for him – but he’s a tough-minded young boy, so we hope he’ll get through the operation well, and then we’ll see how he recovers.”
Borini was the first player Rodgers brought to Anfield when he joined for £7.9million in July 2012. He had previously worked for the coach at both Chelsea and Swansea.
On joining he told the club’s official website: “”I’ve got the trust of the manager and the club, which for me is very nice and I’m proud to be here. He was very important. I wouldn’t say it was the key, but most of it came from him.
“Even during last season, I spoke with him a lot. I’d text him and ask if he was OK and congratulated him on the results he got with Swansea.
“First of all it is a relationship of friendship and afterwards it is a working one. That is more important than anything.
“I used to play 4-3-3 with him and he is very good to play football for. It is great to play football for him because you can have fun and you can get results.
“I could see at Swansea the people loved him because the football was attractive. People like to see football [played] like this.”
Borini will be hoping this season gives him the opportunity to show Rodgers just how valuable an asset he can be to the Northern Irish manager.