Sunderland derby hero Borini will return to Liverpool

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LIVERPOOL boss Brendan Rodgers has reiterated that Sunderland derby hero Fabio Borini’s future is at Anfield.

Borini sealed a place in Wearside folklore last weekend by grabbing a stunning winner in the Wear-Tyne derby and securing Sunderland’s first Premier League victory of the campaign.

The Italian international arrived at the Stadium of Light on a season-long loan on transfer deadline day after falling down the pecking order at Liverpool.

But Rodgers stressed at the time that Borini, who cost Liverpool £10.5million 15 months ago, would return to Merseyside after the end of his loan and he repeated those sentiments today.

“Fabio’s a young player who’s been unfortunate really,” said Rodgers.

“He came in and got injured early on and was out for a period of time. So it was difficult.

“And that first year for a lot of players at a big club is difficult. I just felt he was one who needed games.

“He’s got a talent. You saw that with his goal the other day. He showed his quality cutting in and his touch was brilliant.

“I know him very well. He’s a young player who needs to get experience of games.

“I just felt this year - with us having a limited number of games because we’re not in Europe - I’ve got players who maybe aren’t playing so much.

“I need to plan forward in order to get these players to maximise their potential for Liverpool.

“ Sometimes, that will mean going out and getting games. With Fabio, that’s why he’s gone, to get more game time there.

“So he’s definitely got a future here. He’s a talented young player and one I hope will develop well over the next few years.”