Fabio Borini loves a big match and we saw it again today when the Liverpool loanee opened the scoring as Sunderland fell to the might of Manchester City at Wembley in the Capital One Cup final.
The Italian, who has also claimed goals against Chelsea, Manchester United and Newcastle United in a hotly contested Tyne-Weir Derby, can now add the Citizens to his highlight reel after a mistake from Fernandinho gifted the ball for Adam Johnson to knock on for the former Roma man to run onto.
You would have bet the farm on City captain Vincent Kompany dispossessing the Sunderland man as he bared down on goal, but the Belgian came up short as Borini shrugged him off to curl a peach of a shot into the bottom corner to give the Black Cats — and neutrals everywhere — the start that no one expected.
Yaya Toure, Sami Nasri and Jesus Navas would find the net for the Citizens as the Billion Dollar Boys went on to claim the Cup, but from a Liverpool point of view, the miraculous run that Sunderland put in has shown us that Borini can hack it in the Premier League. What that means for his future remains to be seen — he’s shown he can score, but he’s also proving an attractive option for a move away with a few pounds added to his price tag.
It’ll be interesting to see what Brendan Rodgers does when the Italian returns from his loan spell. He’s going to need a bigger squad if we qualify for the Champions League, but he’ll also (presumably) be afforded a sizeable budget to bring in replacements. This goal will certainly be food for thought…