Brendan Rodgers has received his first international casualty this week, following the news that Fabio Borini has sustained a fractured right foot while on duty with Italy Under-21s. It has not yet been established how long the 21-year-old will be out for, yet the news will be disastrous to Rodgers who now only has one fit striker on the books.
Having signed for a whopping £10.5m in the summer, it would be fair to say that Borini has not made the desired effect at Anfield since his arrival. He has missed a boatload of chances in front of goal and this means that he has managed just one goal – with this occurring in the Europa League. Nevertheless, with Luis Suarez being the only other fit striker, it means the Reds are desperately thin on the ground. Moreover, with Suarez representing Uruguay over the next week, there is no guarantee that he is going to return fully fit and this could leave Rodgers with even bigger problems.
There’s no doubt that Borini’s injury will evoke more frustration from supporters, with many simply not able to comprehend why the club allowed Andy Carroll to leave on loan without signing a replacement. With Rodgers not having any other senior players to call on, it looks like he will once again have to rely on youth with Adam Morgan and Samid Yesil the most likely candidates to step up to the mark.
Meanwhile, there has also been another story in relation to an Italian striker. Following the rumours over the summer that linked Alessandro Del Piero with a move to Merseyside, the player has told the press that he rejected the advances of Brendan Rodgers. In fact, the veteran says that he had no intention joining the club and cited the Heysel disaster as the reason why.