Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers encouraged by Fabio Borini return
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hopes Fabio Borini can help provide the Reds with added goal threat in the final four games
Brendan Rodgers says he hopes Liverpool striker Fabio Borini can help provide the Reds with more attacking intent in their final four Premier League games.
The Italy Under-21 international has started just five Premier League games and is without a top-flight goal after completing a £10.5m move from Roma last summer.
Borini broke his foot while on international duty last October before dislocating his shoulder in a 5-0 victory over Swansea City in February, less than two months after his comeback.
However, Borini, who has been linked with a move away from Anfield in the summer, has returned to first-team training over the past week, and Rodgers hopes the Italian can use the remaining games to lay down a marker for next season.
“Fabio should also be involved in the squad so we have options. He’s recovered really well and is looking very sharp,” Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.
“It’s been a difficult first season for Fabio. With the injuries he’s had it’s not been ideal but it’s been a great learning season for him.
“If he can help us now over the coming weeks it will give him a platform to build on for next season.”
Meanwhile, Rodgers is anticipating a tough fixture against Newcastle United on Saturday evening, with the Magpies still battling to secure their Premier League status for another season.
“I’m sure Alan will be bitterly disappointed with the season Newcastle have had. After finishing fifth last season, this has been a difficult year for them.
“But with Yohan Cabaye, Papiss Cisse and Moussa Sissoko they have good players.
“It’s always a tough game at Newcastle. The atmosphere is always passionate and they get the ball forward early.
“It’s about showing our ability to control the game, to play with intensity and aggression and then our quality will come through.”