Sunderland striker Fabio Borini has stoked the fire before the Black Cats' showdown against Liverpool today by admitting he'd like to score against his former side 'more than anyone else'.
The Italian left Anfield for good over the summer in an £8 million deal to join Sunderland having spent time at the Stadium of Light on loan two seasons ago. He managed just three goals in 38 appearances for the Reds after joining the club under Brendan Rodgers in 2012.
The former Chelsea striker angered Liverpool fans by turning down a move to Sunderland the previous season when a £14 million fee had been agreed, only to leave a year later for a reduced price.
Borini himself admitted he was unhappy with his treatment at Anfield, and has now further risked the ire of the Kop by claiming he covets a goal against his former side more than any other.
The 24-year-old has managed two goals in as many games over the festive period so far, and is gunning to take down his former club.
“Obviously, the goals give you a little bit of confidence," he said. "But at the end of the day, all that matters is the result. Yes, I’d like to score against Liverpool. More than anyone else.
“I’ve said everything I want to already about my time there. But these games are both huge for us. We have a points target for the next few games and that’s what we’re obviously trying to achieve.”
Unsurprisingly, the reaction from Liverpool fans has been less than favourable, which you can see below.
Liverpool got back to winning ways with a 1-0 win over Leicester on Boxing Day, and could close the gap to the top four with a win on Wearside this afternoon.