It’ll be like a Rome derby! Liverpool’s Borini relishing Everton clash

Liverpool striker Fabio Borini is relishing next Sunday's clash against Everton at Anfield having played in a Rome derby last season

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Fabio Borini scored his first Premier League goal at Newcastle Photo: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

Fabio Borini says he is relishing the prospect of facing Everton next weekend after experiencing his first Rome derby last season.

The 22-year-old scored his inaugural Premier League goal in Liverpool’s impressive 6-0 victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Saturday.

Borini, who completed a £10.5m move to Anfield from Roma last summer, was returning from a dislocated shoulder which had sidelined the forward for two months.

The Italy international netted in Roma’s 2-1 loss to Lazio in March 2012, and Borini expects a similarly vociferous atmosphere when the Toffees make the short trip to Anfield on Sunday.

“It will be my first derby and I can’t wait. I have played for Roma against Lazio in the derby so I know the feeling about this match and what it means to the supporters,” Borini told Liverpool’s website.

“I think this will be a similar atmosphere to the Roma-Lazio derby and hopefully we can win the game.”

Philippe Countinho, who arrived from Inter Milan during the January transfer window, made two assists in the rout at Newcastle, earning praise from Brendan Rodgers.

And Borini believes his fellow Serie A export has benefited from his experience in the Italian top flight, preparing the 20-year-old Brazilian for the tactical demands of the Premier League.

“He’s a great player and is very clever – the type of player we needed,” added Borini.

“You can see he has played in Italy because tactically he knows the game very well despite being so young.”

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