BRENDAN RODGERS says Liverpool will “review” Fabio Borini’s Anfield future in the summer.
Borini has become a popular figure among Sunderland supporters since arriving on a season-long loan from Liverpool last September, with the Italian netting six goals in red and white, including the opener in the Capital One Cup final.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has publicly confirmed that he is keen for Borini to remain on Wearside next season, providing the Black Cats avoid the drop, while the 22-year-old himself says his future is out of his hands.
But ahead of Sunderland’s trip to Anfield on Wednesday, Liverpool boss Rodgers has reiterated that Borini will return to Merseyside at the end of the season.
“Fabio went out to get games, go on loan and play more regularly than he was playing here,” said Rodgers.
“He has done that and showed with some of the goals he has scored - particularly against the big teams - the qualities that he has.
“The goal he scored in the Capital One Cup final was a fantastic goal.
“He has gone away to get experience of playing. Fabio will come back in the summer and he will be better for having played that season. And we’ll review it from there.
“I felt it was important for him to go and get games, and get games regularly.
“He has played as a striker, played wide and played in pressure games, and he has done very well. As a young player, I felt it was important for him to do that.
“Hopefully, in the future, Liverpool will benefit from it.”
Borini, who is Sunderland’s second top scorer, is ineligible to feature in Wednesday’s clash under the terms of his loan deal.