Fabio Borini has done enough to earn himself another shot at reviving his Liverpool career, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.
The Italian striker was dropped into the Reds’ starting XI for the dramatic Capital One Cup win over Swansea earlier this week after not making the bench during the Merseysiders’ previous three fixtures.
And the versatile forward responded with a solid performance, in which his pinpoint cross set up Mario Balotelli for the equalising goal with just minutes left to play.
Borini spent last season on loan at Sunderland and was expected to leave Liverpool over the summer after Rodgers accepted offers from the Black Cats and QPR for the 23-year-old.
However, the Kop chief has now hinted that the former Swansea and Chelsea man – his first signing when he took over at the club in 2012 – may have earned himself another chance ahead of the Newcastle clash on Saturday:
“I thought Fabio was outstanding,” Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo. “His pace, movement and work rate gave them problems.
“You really saw his character the other night. He’s very determined and he showed that in the game. If you’ve not played for a while and then come back into the side, sometimes you don’t want to take any risks. You don’t want to make mistakes, you want to be safe, for fear that you might not get another opportunity.
“But that isn’t what it’s about, especially if you are an attacking player.
“Playing up there you need to have that mobility. You’ve got to have that willingness to take risks in the right areas and work your socks off. Fabio did that.”