Liverpool v Udinese: I’m not finding things difficult, insists Borini
Liverpool v Udinese: Fabio Borini denies he is finding life difficult at Anfield, despite scoring just once since moving from Roma
Fabio Borini has denied he is having trouble finding his feet at Liverpool ahead of the Reds’ Europa League clash against Udinese at Anfield.
The 21-year-old has netted just once – in a 3-1 victory over Gomel – since completing a £10m a move from Roma to the Merseyside outfit in July.
However, the Italy international has confidence in his goal scoring ability and insisted he would end his duck in the Premier League sooner rather than later.
“I’m not finding things difficult as such. In fact, last year, I only scored the one goal by October and all my other goals came after January,” Borini said.
“I’ve already scored for Liverpool in the Europa League and perhaps now it is October, it is time to start scoring in the Premier League as well.
“It’s just a matter of time. It’s not a question of me finding it difficult, getting used to this level or this league. It’s a matter of time before my first league goal comes.
“If you get your positions right and keep getting in them as a striker, goals will come. I have an aim, but I don’t really like to say what my aims or goals are because I like to keep them to myself.”
Borini previously worked with Reds boss Brendan Rodgers at Chelsea and Swansea City, and the former Roma striker admitted the Northern Irishman’s presence has made the move to Anfield much easier.
“It feels like I have trust from the manager, firstly from a personal perspective and not [just] as a player,” added Borini. “It is the same feeling from me for him.
“That is really helpful because I know in training I can try new stuff and I don’t have the pressure to demonstrate a lot more than what I have because he already knows me.
“At Liverpool, the expectations are always high because it is a top club – it has to be this way. I also have big expectations and that’s why I came here and chose this club.
“Settling in has been easy because the people, staff, team and everybody have made it easy for me. It’s been really helpful.”
Liverpool v Udinese: Pre-match facts
• Champions League regulars Liverpool competed in the Europa League group stage for the first time in 2010-11, making it to the round of 16, where they lost to Braga.
• This is the start of Udinese’s fourth Uefa Cup and Europa League group stage campaign – they have reached the knock-out stage in their previous three attempts.
• The Reds are unbeaten in six European games, including all five under their new boss Brendan Rodgers.
• Udinese goalkeeper Daniele Padelli played for Liverpool in 2007 on loan from Sampdoria, making his only appearance for the club in a 2-2 draw at home against Charlton Athletic on 13 May that year – the final game of the season, remembered as Robbie Fowler’s last for the Reds.