Saturday, 17th May, 2014

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Fabio Borini will add genuine quality to the club's squad next season.

Borini spent the campaign on loan at Sunderland, helping the Black Cats mount a late season run to avoid relegation in style.

The Italian even helped ensure Liverpool would finish above Chelsea in the standings by scoring a penalty winner at Stamford Bridge as Sunderland won 2-1.

And Rodgers, far from looking to ship Borini out again, is counting on him to add to a Liverpool squad which now need to cope with Champions League football.


"With Fabio, it was just a case of we had Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, who I felt were going to play a lot of games; we didn't have so many games with no European football. Luis is so robust, he plays every minute of every game and he's a world-class striker", Rodgers told his club's site.

"So for Fabio's development – and nothing to do with not thinking he's a quality player, because I know him better than anyone – he needed to go out and get games to prove his worth. He's done that.

"He'll now come back a year later into our squad in the summer; you saw [in a friendly against Shamrock Rovers] with his pace and his power and his ability to get a goal that he's going to add to the quality that we already have."

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