Anfield side have handed Italian just one 90 minute Premier League run-out and should show him the faith offered to his troubled fellow countryman.
There are many who predicted that Liverpool’s ‘gamble’ on Mario Balotelli was doomed to fail and a few months into his Anfield career it certainly appears that Brendan Rodgers may have made a mistake on signing the troubled Italian however it is now time for the Northern Irish boss to offer another Italian to prove his worth.
Whilst it’s true Fabio Borini’s debut season on Merseyside was something of a damp squib it’s worth remembering that the 2012/13 campaign was something of a transitory one, with Brendan Rodgers taking the reins from Kenny Dalglish and even then the former AS Roma man was only handed five Premier League starts and was amazingly hauled off and subbed on four of those occasions.
Indeed to date Borini has completed just one 90 minute Premier League run-out for Liverpool since his move to the club in July 2012, indeed he was Brendan Rodgers’ first signing as manager of the club.
Borini’s lack of action should not solely be framed against Mario Balotelli’s failings but it is worth drawing comparisons in the sense of one player being offered little chance to shine and another seemingly free to waltz from one inferior display to the next.
Yes Balotelli is a ‘bigger’ name but Liverpool’s £10m investment in Borini isn’t so far removed from the £16m spent on the AC Milan man in August.
Borini is arguably a more rounded performer who can fill a number of roles in Liverpool’s starting eleven and hasn’t shown a lack of desire and his insistence on turning down solid offers from prospective suitors is proof of his determination to make it at the club.
A ‘weaker’ player may have given up by now and taken the chance of a move to Sunderland or QPR and perhaps that determination deserves a reward.
With Daniel Sturridge continuing to struggle with injuries and neither Balotelli or Rickie Lambert impressing this is surely the time to back Borini. Who knows, perhaps Liverpool will be presently surprised by what the 23 year old has to offer?