I can bring the best out of Balotelli says Borini

Liverpool striker Fabio Borini reckons he can get the best out of struggling striker Mario Balotelli and would like boss Brendan Rodgers to pair them together up front, the Daily Star has reported.

Borini had looked set to leave Anfield this summer after spending a productive loan sell at Sunderland last season – where he scored 10 goals in 40 appearances as he helped keep the Black Cats in the league.

The two clubs had then agreed a £14m fee only for the player to make a U-turn and make known his desire to fight for a starting berth at Liverpool.

Despite Brendan Rodgers telling him he would find playing time incredibly hard to come by the Italian stayed and has made three appearances in the wake of Daniel Sturridge’s injury.

The summer also saw fellow Italian Mario Balotelli join Liverpool but he has failed to find any real form as of yet – managing just one goal, much to the frustrations of the Kop.

But Borini has now said he hopes Rodgers will pair the two countrymen up front as he believes he can inspire Balotelli to hit form, with his lacklustre performances also seeing him dropped from the Italy squad.

He said: “I have played with him before and it went really well on the pitch.

“Not just because of the language but we were born with the same idea of football, as Italians, so it’s really easy to understand each other even without talking.

“He’s a player that can change the game whenever he wants. It’s a tough league, probably the toughest in Europe – and I think he understands that.

“In the games, he runs a lot and is really giving himself to the team, being very unselfish.”

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