Liverpool’s Borini drawing on Rome derby experience for Everton clash

Liverpool's Fabio Borini wants the Reds to show "fight and desire" against Everton as he draws on his experience of the Rome derby

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

Fabio Borini has urged Liverpool to show “fight and desire” in Sunday’s Merseyside derby as the striker draws on his experience with Roma.

The Italy international scored in a 2-1 loss to Lazio in the Rome derby last season, with the forward featuring in the Derby della Capitale for the first time.

Borini, who swapped Roma for Liverpool in a £10.5m deal last summer, has struggled with injuries throughout the campaign but returned to action last weekend to score his first Premier League goal in a 6-0 win at Newcastle.

And the 22-year-old, who was sidelined for the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park in October, is eagerly anticipating his inaugural Merseyside derby.

“It means more for the city, the club and the fans,” Borini told Liverpool’s website.

“I scored in last year’s derby at Roma and I could see people all week – and actually the rest of the season – remembering that goal because it was the derby and against the enemy.

“For us, it’s an important goal because you see everyone happy for weeks because you scored in the derby. But what we look at is the result and the performance.

“It was a great memory apart from the result, because we lost 2-1. We were 1-0 down and down to 10 men after 10 minutes.

“We tried to get it back and I scored the equaliser but we conceded with 10 minutes to go, so it was really disappointing for the fans to lose another derby like that.

“But they were happy with our performance and fighting – that’s the derby, you need to show the fight and desire to win.”

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