Liverpool outcast: 'I am made for a big team'

Fabio Borini

Fabio Borini has hinted at a possible return to Liverpool next season.

The Italian is hitting form for Gus Poyet's Sunderland side this term, having most recently netted at Wembley during the Capital One Cup final.

Sunderland went on to lose the tie 3-1 to Manchester City but Borini's displays have not gone unnoticed during his loan spell at the Stadium of Light.

In fact, no one has taken more confidence from them than the 22-year-old himself, who claims he is "made for a big team."

“That means I am made for a big team," he is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.

"We will see what will happen until the end of the season, and try to beat the big teams and the small ones, and then let’s see in the summer.

“It was a great feeling scoring in the cup final. Two or three times what I normally feel for a goal.

"A great feeling, all emotions, especially against a big team when no one expected us to be in front against Manchester City at Wembley.”

However, the Italian faces an uphill battle to win a place in the Liverpool first team if this season's statistics are anything to go by.

PlayerGoals per gameShots per goalAssists per gameApps
Luis Suarez 1.04 5.29 0.43 23
Daniel Sturridge 0.90 3.78 0.25 20
Fabio Borini 0.14 10.67 0.05 21
Iago Aspas 0 0.00 0.08 12

Indeed, Opta data shows that, of Liverpool's four strikers - if the on-loan Borini is counted - the 22-year-old would only surpass Iago Aspas based on his Premier League performances.

And compared to both the average amount of assists per game and goals per game of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, Borini is significantly outranked - despite playing a similar number of games.

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