Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Fabio Borini will return to Anfield once his season-long loan stint at Sunderland ends.

The Italian international was shipped out to the Stadium of Light last summer to gain vital experience at the top level amid concerns that with a lack of European football on Merseyside he may struggle for game time.

Although signed by the controversial Paolo Di Canio, current Black Cats chief Gus Poyet has become a fan of the 22-year-old and has even talked about his desire to bring him in permanently when the transfer window opens.

But ahead of Liverpool’s tie with Sunderland tomorrow – in which Borini cannot play due to the terms of his loan – Rodgers revealed that the forward will be coming back a better player ahead of next season:

“Fabio went out on loan to get games and to play regularly,” he is quoted by The Express.

“He has shown with the goals he has scored against the big clubs, including in the Capital One Cup Final, the quality he has.

“He went away to experience playing, but he will come back next season and he will be better for it.

“He has done very well. He has played as a striker and played out wide in pressurised games.”

Borini played a pivotal role in Sunderland’s run to the Capital One Cup final, and even netted in the loss at Wembley against Manchester City.

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