The former Roma and Chelsea striker lauds his under-fire countryman’s ability to change games and is keen to earn more playing time alongside his Liverpool team-mate
Liverpool forward Fabio Borini is eager to strike up a partnership with Mario Balotelli, finding it easy to play alongside his “unselfish” compatriot.
The 23-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Sunderland, had been close to a return to the Stadium of Light but opted to remain at Anfield where he hopes to get more playing time alongside Balotelli – who he has spent just 98 minutes on the pitch with this term.
The former AC Milan and Manchester City striker has been criticised in recent weeks, even by his manager, but Borini has defended his controversial coleague and says that they are developing a good understanding.
“I have played with him before and found it really well on the pitch,” Borini told the club’s official website, “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.”
Borini has started just once in the Premier League, with Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Daniel Sturridge all preferred, but the Italian believes that the quartet offer Brendan Rodgers a vast array of options.
“We have four completely different players so there is a good choice of players in the squad, because we can all do different things,” he continued.
“We can all play together and we can all play on our own up front when it is a 4-3-3. It is a good selection of strikers and we can all learn from each other.
“I know there are some things that Rickie might do better than me, so I can learn from him. It’s the same with Daniel and Mario. We all learn from each other if we have the right attitude.
“We can all play together. I’ve played in lots of teams but that’s something I’ve never seen before – such a different selection of strikers.”