Daniel Sturridge is set to miss Liverpool's next six games through injury, including the club's Champions League opener against Bulgarian outfit Ludogorets Razgrad and the home Merseyside derby.
However Sturridge’s loss is Fabio Borini’s gain. Such an absence gives Borini the chance to show why he decided to stay and fight for his place in the Liverpool squad.
Before joining Liverpool from Roma, Borini had a very brief spell at Chelsea after joining in 2009.
However he was unable to make an impact in London, only registering substitute appearances for the Blues in total. Borini spent the 2010/11 season on a loan at Swansea City, before leaving for Italian side Parma in 2011.
Borini became Brendan Rodgers’ first signing at Liverpool, moving from Roma for £11 million.
He made his debut for the club in a home Europa League qualifier and scored his first goal in the same match.
Despite playing in the Premier League during the 2012/13 season, Borini found it difficult to make his mark on Merseyside due to injuries.
He was first ruled out for three months after a broken foot he suffered in a game against Manchester United.
He returned in January 2013, however only to get injured again a month later, suffering a dislocated shoulder against Swansea.
This injury ruled him out until April, when he made his second comeback from injury in a game against Newcastle.
Season at Sunderland
After making eight substitute and13 appearances in total in the Premier League during the 2012/13 season, Borini went out to Sunderland on loan last year.
While there he made 23 appearances for the Black Cats, scoring seven goals. Despite not scoring too frequently, Borini helped Sunderland to avoid relegation to the Championship.
Borini refuses to leave Merseyside
During the 2014 summer transfer window, Borini was linked with a move away from Liverpool.
However, the Italian took to Twitter to express his desire to stay at Liverpool and fight for his place in the team.
Borini’s decision was criticised by many Liverpool fans at the time.
However, Sturridge’s injury is Borini’s chance to prove to those fans that he should stay at Liverpool and deserves to be considered in the starting XI.
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