This is the one! Borini says Liverpool's clash with United will be the biggest of his career
11:46 GMT, 22 September 2012
Liverpool striker Fabio Borini is excited about facing Manchester United on Sunday in a game he says will be the biggest of his career.
The 21-year-old former Roma striker played in a number of big games in Italy. Scoring against Inter Milan and in the Rome derby against Lazio.
But he views the rivalry between United and Liverpool as bigger and is looking forward to the game.
The big one: Fabio Borini is looking forward to facing Manchester United
'These are the games that every player wants to play,’ Borini said.
'For the crowd, for the atmosphere, for the result that you want to get and for the actual football you’re playing on the pitch because it’s something that you never feel again probably.
'I think nobody understands what you’re feeling during that game. I know for Liverpool fans and for Liverpool as a club, playing against United is a very, very big game and it’s very important.
'This is my biggest game.'
Asked to compare the passion surrounding Sunday’s game with those he has previously experienced, Borini explained what makes this particular rivalry so important.
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'It’s different because Roma and Lazio play in the same stadium, which makes a little bit of difference.
'But I know probably here, Liverpool against Manchester United is an even bigger game, because it’s at the top level as well.’
Having made a handful of Premier League appearances for Chelsea, appeared in a play-off final for Swansea and featured regularly in Serie A for Roma, Borini has more experience than most players his age.
That could go some way to explaining why the Italian is feeling excitement about the upcoming clash, not nerves.
He revealed: ‘[I’m] not nervous, but there’s a lot of excitement because I know it’s a big game.
'All over Europe people will watch the game and my family will be in the stand. So it’s excitement because as a footballer you always want to play in these games, it’s what made you a footballer.’
Liverpool have yet to register a Premier League victory in four attempts so far this season, although performances have perhaps merited better, and Borini sees no lack of confidence around the dressing room.
'We always go onto the pitch full of confidence because we know what we can do,' he added.
'We do it in training and we do it at the game, probably not every game for 90 minutes, but we can do that and we can improve a lot. It’s a good level to start with because if you can improve, you can show the difference and see the difference.'