Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that Fabio Borini has a future at Anfield, despite being loaned out to Sunderland this season.
The 22-year-old striker, signed last summer by the Reds, has struggled in English football since his arrival after breaking his foot against Manchester United in October 2012.
But following his spectacular winning goal in the Tyne-Wear derby last weekend, Rodgers was quick to insist that his man has “definitely got a future” at Liverpool.
“He’s been unfortunate, really,” explained the Reds' manager. “He came in but got injured early on. He was out for a period so it was difficult.
“This year with us having limited games – only in the league – I’ve got young players who aren’t playing much. So, I need to plan forward and that means youngsters going out and getting games.
“That’s obviously what he’s gone to do (at Sunderland). He’s a talented young player and one who, we hope, will develop over the next few years.”
Borini was signed by Paolo Di Canio during the summer, before the former Sunderland manager was sacked earlier this month.
So far this season he has only featured in four Premier League matches, three of which were as substitute appearances.
Now though he has the opportunity to impress his new boss Gus Poyet who has taken over from the Italian at the Stadium of Light, and his strike against the Magpies will certainly have done his chances no harm.
And by the sound of it Liverpool manager Rodgers is already impressed, adding: “He needed games and he’s got the talent as we can see from that goal (for Sunderland against Newcastle).”