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The big positives for Borini so far are certainly his work rate and tactical application in games. He knows which positions to take up, he has "taken one for the team" in terms of switching position so often to accommodate others, and he has shown excellent movement to date.
On the other side of the argument, his shooting and all-round technical level has not been of a high enough quality.
Movement is great, but there needs to be an end product to take advantage of the good positions generated and, whether due to a lack of sharpness or confidence or merely focusing ahead of the immediate problem of controlling the ball, Borini has let himself down too often early on.
Being substituted in four out of five games is a reason why he hasn't had more chances to score—but it is also indicative, until last weekend's injury, of him being the poorest performing player in the final third.
It is likely that if Liverpool had a greater depth of players at their disposal for the front three, Borini would have been removed from the starting 11 for a few games to allow him to work hard at his game from the sidelines, perhaps coming on to aid the search for goals and wins later on in matches.
Joe Cole's injury, Stewart Downing's indifferent form and a general lack of other options, however, make this improbable for now.
Borini is likely to miss at least one league game because of his ankle knock now, but when he returns Liverpool will be looking to him to provide further ammunition than he has done in front of goal until now.
But he has definitely shown enough signs to suggest he can provide the 10-12 goals per season that will be required from the wide forwards and that he can continue to improve in the future.
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