Belfast Telegraph

Rodgers backs Borini to be Anfield hit

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is backing forward Fabio Borini to be a success at Anfield but admits the 21-year-old has to learn to deal with the expectation on his shoulders.

The Italian was the new manager's first signing in a £10million deal from Roma last month and got his Liverpool career off to a good start with a goal on only his second appearance, scoring the opening goal in the 3-0 Europa League qualifying win over FC Gomel.

"Expectancy is what comes from being at a big club so you have to deal with it both as players and manager," said Rodgers. "He is not alone. When you come to a big club there is always big expectation and pressure. This is a kid who works well and works hard and he will come good there is no question about that."

He added: "The most important thing is he is fighting for the shirt.

"The biggest thing in football you need is perseverance. All these players are persevering and want to work."

Rodgers does not have the funds to bring in a much-needed top-class goalscorer - although he is on the verge of securing a loan deal for Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin - but insists that will not necessarily be the cure to their problems which stem from missing a host of chances last season.

"It is no good having a goalscorer scoring 30 goals and no one else scores - I've always been against that theory," said the Reds boss.

"You are going to need upwards of 70-odd goals to be up around the Champions League [places].

"For me it is a team ethic. Luis Suarez will score goals, Steven Gerrard can score goals, young Borini will score goals.

"But it is a team responsibility, not just one player. You bring in one striker who can score you goals, which is great, but it's not good for the team if the rest don't score."

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