As promising young strikers at Chelsea, Fabio Borini and Daniel Sturridge were fighting for a first-team place.

Now, with Sturridge's transfer to Liverpool and Borini returning to fitness, the rivalry is set to reignite a battle for a start alongside controversial goal machine Luis Suarez.

England international Sturridge has already made an impressive start for Liverpool, hinting at good things to come from the partnership fans have dubbed 'Suarridge'. Italian forward Borini, on the other hand, hasn't had much of a chance to make his presence felt at Anfield, having spent the last three months out of action with a broken foot since his move from Roma in the summer.

Borini is keen to settle and become a core player at Liverpool, having had an unstable few years which have seen him join Swansea on loan whilst at Chelsea, then sold to Roma before being reacquired by Brendan Rodgers' former club. 

Sturridge, while used fairly frequently at Chelsea, never quite cemented himself as a key starter, having been behind Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Fernando Torres in the pecking order, and is keen to become a first-team regular at the Merseyside club.

Borini told The Sun: "There was some rivalry for the position, like every team has, but we are good friends too.

"You have to fight for your place all the time, even in life.

"It is a big chance for us because we always waited for this chance to be part of a big project at a big club."

Both strikers started in the FA Cup loss to Oldham, but while Borini was substituted ten minutes into the second half, neither player could stop the Anfield outfit from exiting the competition.

 

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