Liverpool’s Fabio Borini wants to play a ‘big part’ at Anfield
Liverpool striker Fabio Borini says he can play a big part at the Merseyside outfit after scoring on his return from a shoulder injury
Fabio Borini insists he can play a big part at Liverpool after scoring his first Premier League goal in a 6-0 victory at Newcastle United on Saturday.
The Italy international returned from a shoulder injury to score within minutes of being introduced as a second-half substitute at St James’s Park, latching onto Stewart Downing’s cross.
Borini, who completed a £10.5m move to the Merseyside outfit from Roma last summer, has endured a difficult campaign with the striker missing three months with a broken foot in October before dislocating his shoulder in a 5-0 win against Swansea City.
With Luis Suárez banned for another nine games after biting Branislav Ivanović, a fully fit Borini hopes to seize his chance to secure a regular first-team place.
“We have always been together as a group and I think the performance against Newcastle showed that,” Borini told the Liverpool Echo.
“I can play a big part now not because Luis is suspended but because I am back fit. Whether Luis is available or not, we all need to focus on doing our jobs.
“Next weekend will be my first derby here. But I’ve played in big derbies in Italy (Roma v Lazio) so I know the feeling.
“The atmosphere in those games was always very hot and I am sure here will be the same.”
Borini also admitted scoring his first top-flight goal was a special experience after suffering two big injury blows in his first season at the 18-time English champions.
“There was a lot of emotion after scoring that goal,” he added.
“It had been a long injury for me and a long wait to score in the Premier League.
He added: “I put my thumbs up to the bench to say thank you to Brendan (Rodgers) and all the staff for the work they have done with me.
“It’s been hard. When I hurt my shoulder, they said my season could be cover. But I fought back as I really needed to come back earlier.
“I took the minimum possible to get back training which was eight weeks instead of 12. Some people probably didn’t think I could make it but I fought back.”