Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that Fabio Borini does have a future at the club after spending this season on loan at Sunderland.
Borini struggled in his first season in the Premier League having scored just the one goal in the division, to go along with his Europa League strike against Gomel earlier on last term.
But the Italian has impressed at the Stadium of Light and has been scoring goals in big games including the League Cup final, and in both derbies against Newcastle United.
Rodgers told the assembled media at his press conference ahead of the game with the Black Cats:
“Fabio went out to get games, go on loan and play more regularly than what he was playing here. He’s done that. He’s shown with some of the goals he’s scored – in particular against the big teams – the qualities he has.
“Fabio will come back in the summer and he’ll be better having played that season then we’ll review it from there.
“I just felt at the time he needed to play. I felt it was important for him to go and get games and get games regularly.”
The 22-year-old was hit by several injuries last season, and when he did play some questioned whether he was good enough to make it at Anfield.
But some have seen the talent that Borini has this season, and with Liverpool looking likely to compete in the Champions League next season, fans have thought he could be the man to provide sufficient cover to the strike duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge as the club will compete on four fronts.
Some fans may be encouraged to hear what the Liverpool boss had to say about Borini. Whether he can have the same impact as he had at Sunderland – where he has had a good run of games – remains to be seen.