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Liverpool Striker Demands Chance To Partner Mario Balotelli Up Front

Mario Balotelli has been struggling for form so far this season…

Liverpool outcast Fabio Borini has demanded the opportunity to partner struggling teammate Mario Balotelli in the Reds attack, and believes that they can forge a productive partnership.

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Reports in The Independent explain that Balotelli has yet to find his form with just one goal, against Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets, in eight matches and was dropped for last weekend’s win over West Brom.

And Borini, who has made just one start so far this season after rejecting summer moves to Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers, believes that he could help his Italian countryman rediscover his best form.

The source adds that the 23-year-old has shared the field with Balotelli for just 98 minutes thus far, but is confident they could bring out the best in each other.

“I have played with him before and found it really good on the pitch,” he said. “Not just because of the language but we were born with the same idea of football, as Italians, so it’s really easy to understand each other even without talking.

“He’s a player that can change the game whenever he wants. It’s a tough league, probably the toughest in Europe – and I think he understands that. In the games, he runs a lot and is really giving himself to the team, being very unselfish.”

However, Borini is well aware that he may be forced to wait for his opportunity, and admits the variety of strikers at Anfield offers manager Brendan Rodgers plenty of permutations.

With Daniel Sturridge set to return from a six-week absence with a thigh strain when the Premier League campaign resumes next weekend, he could be reduced to the team’s fourth choice forward, with Rickie Lambert also ahead of him in the pecking order.

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