SUNDERLAND will ask the question of Liverpool at the end of the season when it comes to the future of Fabio Borini.
The on-loan Italian has been a major hit at the Stadium of Light this season, with head coach Gus Poyet this week labelling him “a legend”.
And despite Reds boss Brendan Rodgers saying at the start of the season that he wanted Borini back at Anfield after a season-long loan at Sunderland, Poyet is hopeful that the young striker might be allowed to return to the Stadium of Light, either on another loan or on a permanent deal.
But the Uruguayan admits that he is completely in the dark as to whether another move might come off.
“Fabio has become a hero, a legend, which is great,” said Poyet.
“He has really got into the club and the fans.
“He lives football, he’s a top professional, he’s always on time, he’s always trying to be better in training.
“He’s that type of person, he’s always looking after what he’s eating or what he’s not eating.
“I don’t know if it will be possible to sign him – it’s out of our hands – but I can tell you that we like him a lot and we will try. People will say the price is going up.
“But I’m not going to lie, he’s an important player. He’s been great.”
Rodgers made Borini his first signing at Liverpool in 2012 and is a big fan of the ex-Roma striker he paid £10.5million for.
His time at Liverpool so far has been low-key, injury-hit and unimpressive, but he has blossomed since his move to Wearside.
“He is beginning to show what a good player he is by scoring special goals at special times and we want that to continue,” said Poyet.
“In the beginning, when I first came here, it was my fault he was not playing – I put my hands up.
“Now, if he is not the first one I pick, he is the next one.
“He is at that level.
“If he makes us safe in the next five games, I won’t play him in the remaining five and maybe everyone will forget about him!
“Fabio Borini – oh yeah, rubbish – so then we can buy him!
“I don’t know if it is going to be possible to buy him. We need to be realistic.
“If it is possible that would be fantastic and, if not, we are where we are.
“It is out of our hands, but I can tell you we like him a lot and we will try.”
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