Fabio Borini has stated that he wants to return to Liverpool for next season.
The Italy international was loaned out to Sunderland for the 2013-14 campaign, and he has been quite successful at the Stadium of Light, scoring six goals and providing two assists in 31 Premier League matches.
With Borino having now made it clear that he would relish returning to Anfield, we ask the three main questions that this prospect raises.
What would Borini add to Liverpool?
Borini is still only 23 years of age and having played regularly for Sunderland this season, he will certainly bring in more experience to Liverpool’s squad for next season. In 2014-15 the Reds will have Champions League to contend with. Although Rodgers has said that the club will sign players, someone like Borini - who is a good player and who has found himself amid testing times at Sunderland – will be a decent addition to the cause and will increase the depth of the squad.
Is Borino ready for the step-up?
At Sunderland, there was pressure on Borini as the Black Cats were struggling against relegation from the Premier League. However, even had Sunderland gone down, on a personal level, the youngster’s progress would not have been tainted. However, is he ready to make the step up from a team fighting against the drop to one challenging for top honours? Remember, Borini was let go by Chelsea and then by Roma. He has yet to prove that he can really gel for a big club with big ambitions.
Is there space for Borini at Liverpool?
Rodgers has given chances and retained his faith in a number of young players during his two-year reign at Liverpool, but he will be wary of including too many inexperienced players in his squad. Next season Manchester United, Arsenal and perhaps even Tottenham Hotspur will be challenging for the Premier League title, while the Reds will be expected to at least reach the last 16 of the Champions League. Borini is still a player very much on a learning curve and is someone who is still developing. However, with expectations and pressure building up on the Merseyside outfit, will the Italian get enough playing time to continue his progress?