He's struggled for fitness, he's struggled for form, and he's struggled just to be in the side at times, but finally Fabio Borini is doing well this season. He's started Liverpool's last two league matches and played well in both, netting an assist against Sunderland and finally scoring his first goal of the season against Aston Villa.
Now he wants more.
"A home goal is the next one I am trying to score," Borini told the club's official site. "When you're out for a long time and you get a little bit (of action), you get a taste and want to be involved in every game and try to score. That's what gives me the passion - you get a little bit and you want more. [...] It would be nice to score in front of our fans because I could celebrate with them."
Many have called for Borini to be cut loose over the past year, even after assumptions that he'd be back at Sunderland after a successful loan spell a season ago didn't pan out. The Italian forward had a lot of issues early in the season, and rarely seemed to be even a consideration for playing time under Brendan Rodgers. He barely played in the first half of the season, and when he got sent off for earning two stupid yellow cards after being on the pitch for just eighteen minutes against Arsenal in December, many thought that was it for Borini in a Liverpool shirt.
Liverpool's depth crisis up front forced Borini back in to the lineup, though, and he's done nothing but impress since then. "I am enjoying playing and I can give my help to the team with goals, performances and hard work," said Borini. "I know I am not the best technical player in the world or in the team, but I know I can work as hard as anyone - if not harder. I'm a player that always wants to play, even if I only had one leg!"
Hopefully Borini plays with both legs if he gets the start against Bolton this weekend, and hopefully he gets that Anfield goal he wants so badly.