Last week we asked if Liverpool fans would prefer to see Fabio Borini return to Anfield or for Brendan Rodgers to sign a new striker this summer. And the verdict was heavily weighted in favour of a homecoming.
The Italian has been in fine form since his loan move to Sunderland, scoring big goals against Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City.
He also netted home and away against the Black Cats’ fierce rivals Newcastle United, showing that while he may not yet be prolific, he certainly knows how to pick his moments.
Borini could not prevent Sunderland from going out of the FA Cup on Sunday, as his temporary side lost 3-0 away to Hull City. The 22-year-old came on with the scores level, but soon after, Steve Bruce’s side was out of sight.
With Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in outstanding form for Liverpool, my previous article asked if Borini was the right man to act as ‘third striker, the player to be called on from the bench or when either of Brendan Rodgers’ first-choice pair is unavailable next season and beyond.
With the Reds most consistently tipped to sign a new left-winger and a new left-back, the call for a striker has – understandably – been somewhat subdued given the form of the SAS and the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling behind them.
But should one of the prolific pair get injured, Rodgers will need a back-up option, and given his age and his penchant for scoring big goals against big teams, Borini has staked his claim to be that man.
And Liverpool fans appear to agree, with 72% of those who took part in our poll last week believing Rodgers should recall Borini rather than sign a new striker.
That left 28% seeking a new summer recruit, proving just what an impact the Italian has had on Reds fans through the performances he has delivered while he has been away.
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