Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been impressed with Fabio Borini’s determination to succeed…
Brendan Rodgers has praised the persistence of Liverpool striker Fabio Borini, who rewarded his manager’s faith with only his second league goal for the club during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa.
For the Italian, who spent last season on loan at Sunderland, it was a long awaited moment – his first goal of the season in any competition, and only his third since moving to Anfield back in 2012.
Despite striking ten times for the Black Cats last term, Borini was expected to depart Anfield in the summer transfer window, only for the player himself to reject moves to the Stadium of Light, and QPR’s Loftus Road.
His future was again thrown into doubt after a red card against Arsenal late last year, but injuries to Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli, have earned the Italian a surprise recall.
Borini has started the last two Liverpool games – helping the Reds record back-to-back victories and edge closer to the Champions League places.
Speaking about the 23-year-old, Rodgers explained in his post-match press conference: “I’m delighted. I think Fabio is a great example of persistence.
“He keeps going… He hasn’t featured a great deal over the course of the season, but it hasn’t stopped him training well and working hard. He’s played himself into contention for the team by training well and working hard.
“Whether Rickie [Lambert] starts a game or comes off the bench, we know that he can score goals. They were two different types of finishes, but two great finishes. I’m delighted with both of them.”