With Raheem Sterling sunning himself in Jamaica, Brendan Rodgers was always going to have to make a change up front for the Sunderland game. In truth, the 20-year-old winger is enjoying a well-deserved rest – this is the first Premier League game of the season he won’t feature in – after enduring a tough few weeks of leading the Reds’ line, which has coincided with some better attacking displays.
Italian ‘ace’ Mario Balotelli was expected to step into the XI, or possibly Rickie Lambert, but Rodgers has opted for Borini… interesting! The Italian spent last season on loan with the Black Cats, so his knowledge of the North East side may be key, plus his movement is a little better than his compatriot.
So how did Liverpool fans take the news? And does this mean the end of Balotelli?
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 10, 2015
Borini starting over Balotelli. pic.twitter.com/HWWecCYJQs
— Aled Evans (@AlxdEvans) January 10, 2015
Mario did well in the cup but Borini – the invisible man for most of the season – is back in today instead? Is there any plan to all this?
— David Martinez (@DMARTINEZ_85) January 10, 2015
Borini’s last start for Liverpool was in the Bernabeu.
— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) January 10, 2015
Can’t wait for the “WHY WAS STERLING RESTED TODAY” cries as we lose 1-0 after a Borini own goal that deflects of Mignolet’s gigantic nose
— Dark Night (@boyonthefence) January 10, 2015
— Lee ‘Ratty’ Martin (@Ratty_27) January 10, 2015
Sick of Rodgers lineups, so many players possibly out position. And starting Borini over Balotelli is farcical. No Manquillo either.
— J. (@JimGreen_81) January 10, 2015
Im happy Borini gets a start ,he knows Sunderland well and he works harder than Balotelli, come on u Redmen
— Fletch Lfc YNWA (@Fletchki72) January 10, 2015