Fabio Borini admits his time at Liverpool on then pitch did not go to plan, but says it was good for his personal life.

The Italian made the move to Merseyside in 2012 as part of Brendan Rodgers’ rebuild following the departure of club icon Sir Kenny Dalglish.

But a handful of unfortunate injuries meant the move from Roma did not go as well as all parties hoped it would.

Borini’s first season at Anfield saw the striker net just two goals in 20 appearances in all competitions, but his maiden campaign was hindered by a fractured foot and a dislocated shoulder.

He was then shipped out on loan to Sunderland in 2013/14, and by the time he returned the Reds had the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling ahead of him in the pecking order.

Borini eventually left Liverpool on a permanent deal in 2015, and has since had several stints in Italy before finding himself at current club Hellas Verona.

Despite his time on the field not going so well, Borini’s spell at Liverpool was not all bad, he says, as he met his wife, Erin, while living in the city.

“It was good but it was hard,” Borini told The Athletic of his spell at Liverpool.

He added: “I had serious injuries, the traumatic kind where there’s nothing I could have controlled. I broke my foot and dislocated my shoulder after two tackles. There’s nothing you can do to prevent those.

“It was unfortunate in that respect but it was good because I got to meet my wife.

“Maybe it wasn’t so positive on the football side of things but it was for my life.”

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Currently, Liverpool are on the verge of securing their first Premier League title for 30 years, but the coronavirus pandemic has halted the current campaign.

Borini says he understands how Reds fans will be feeling, due to his family connections from his time on Merseyside.

“I know exactly how they feel,” said Borini. “My father-in-law is a Liverpool season ticket holder, so I know what they feel like.”