Gus Poyet has praised Fabio Borini after his recent performances but will his resurgent run of form with Sunderland in recent times attract the admiration he craves from his parent club, Liverpool.
The Italian is currently on loan with the Black Cats and has scored seven goals for his new club in all competitions, which included a penalty against Chelsea last weekend which may have given Liverpool the boost they needed to win the title for the first time since 1990.
He was adamant that his goal was 'no favour' for the Reds as he has his eyes firmly set on keeping Sunderland in the Premier League.
Borini made his initial move to England in 2012 after travelling from Roma but he failed to make the sudden impact which Brendan Rodgers expected at Anfield.
In place of him, the Reds manager went on to sign Daniel Sturridge, who has now formed a formidable alliance with Uruguayan, Luis Suarez.
But this season the striker has found his feet at the Stadium of Light and has scored goals against Newcastle, Manchester United and Manchester City. Last night, he was named the club's Young Player of the year - as voted for by the Sunderland supporters.
The 23-year-old is well respected by Poyet, who would love to keep at the club next season regardless of how their desperate late fight to secure Premier League survival pans out.
Poyet told the Northern Echo: "He’s got everything that you need as a professional football player.
"He can play up front or wide, and they are decisions that we make.
"It’s a pleasure to have him at the club. I would recommend him to anyone in the world because he’s a top, top professional."
If Poyet manages to keep the club in the top flight then it's likely that the striker could be persuaded to stay and form a partnership with English hopeful, Connor Wickham.
Liverpool have expressed that they will look to invest in new recruits for next season and with European football included in the deal it's likely that they could spend big on proven quality to strengthen what is a thin squad.
If Rodgers risks bringing Borini back into the frame then he will have to reproduce the form he has shown here on to the main stage.
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