Borini learning from the best
Published 26/01/2013 | 08:00
Liverpool forward Fabio Borini believes he has become a better player from watching some of the game's greats at close quarters.
During two years at Chelsea he trained alongside the likes of Didier Drogba and John Terry, then learned from Francesco Totti and Daniele de Rossi at Roma before moving to Liverpool where he has Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard.
It meant when he arrived on Merseyside in a £10million move in the summer he was not over-awed by the Reds' two star players, and he told Press Association Sport: "The first couple of sessions you watch the likes of Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard because you want to learn. But I've also trained with JT (John Terry), Didier Drogba, Totti, De Rossi."
He added: "I am a person who looks at everything around me. I learn a bit from everyone. I learn a bit of movement from Drogba, a bit of calm on the ball from Totti - just a little bit from everyone is more than enough."
What he will learn from Suarez this season can only be imagined as the Uruguay international is on his very best form.
"Luis is very good and his performances this season are amazing, he has scored 20 goals and it is only January," Borini added. "He can score a lot more and help us go through difficult moments because he can win a game on his own and that makes a difference - that's what top players do."
Borini is in line for his first start since breaking his foot in early October in Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Oldham.
He found those three months on the sidelines difficult as he was missing valuable playing time but such was the complexity of the problem he was unable to return until a fortnight ago.
"It was not helpful but you don't have to rush because the more you rush the more you waste your time thinking you have to do well," said the Italian. "You probably need to show people you are working well and that work always pays off.
"If I work well between now and the end of the season I think I can get good results for myself and the team."