Does Fabio Borini have a future at Anfield?

The striker who is on loan at Sunderland has hinted he would like to return to his parent club next season

Fabio Borini has said that he would love to return to Anfield according to reports in The Times today.

Borini is quoted as saying: ‘It would be nice to go back there as a Premier League player and to have shown them that, even in a hard situation, I can do well.

‘As a striker you need to score goals. You can perform well, but at the end of the season, people count your goals.

‘I needed to prove to myself first that I can play here, because I’ve never had a long spell playing in England, but now I’m getting a long run of games.’

Borini was very unlucky with injuries last season as he tried to find his feet in English football, but there remains the question of is there a future for him at Anfield?

If Liverpool qualify for Europe next season, which from this position they ought to, then evidently there are going to be some additions required for the squad to compete on four fronts.

Brendan Rodgers obviously rates the Italian otherwise he wouldn’t have signed him. However the addition of Daniel Sturridge last season, and the partnership he struck up with Luis Suarez – coupled with the fact that both players are capable of playing as a lone striker to a high standard.  

Chances are limited unless Liverpool are in European competition or an injury crisis hits – though with Iago Aspas not exactly getting much game time, he wouldn’t have been a bad option to have around this season’s Christmas period.

He has already bettered his goal tally with Sunderland this season than he did with Liverpool last – all of them being crucial goals in the context of their season given two have come on their League Cup run which puts them in pole position to reach the final, and the other a winner in the Tyne/Wear derby.

He’ll probably want to improve his goal return given that he has made just shy of 20 appearances, which isn’t a flattering ratio.

But at the age of 22, he still has much to learn. His movement is good and seems to be a threat in the penalty area. If Liverpool were to take him back next season, he could be a useful squad player with room for development.

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