Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has backed Fabio Borini to shine at Sunderland after the Italian completed a loan move to Paulo Di Canio's side on deadline day.
The Italian is in desperate need of regular minutes after being restricted to only 11 appearances last season having suffered two long-term injuries. Rodgers signed the Italian international from Roma in the summer of 2011 for a fee of around £10m, but the striker is yet to justify his high transfer fee.
However, Liverpool manager Rodgers believes that a loan move to Sunderland could provide Borini with the exact experience he needs to break into the Reds' first-team next season.
"It's just to get games," Rodgers told the club's official website.
"He had a stop-start season last season with his injuries and I just felt this year he needed to go and play football. With Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez, Iago Aspas and some of the other attacking players, that might have been limited."
Rodgers is adamant that Borini can show Liverpool fans the talent that he displayed at Roma that secured him a move to England.
"I have a real belief in Fabio. He is a talent and we've seen that on occasions, but he needs to be playing regularly to demonstrate that talent."
Rodgers also revealed that there was no shortage of clubs battling for the signature of Borini this summer.
"We had a host of clubs wanting to take him, but with Sunderland having the Italian connection there and being a big club where he can go and play, I'm sure he'll get the chance to shine and we'll look closely at his development this year," he added.
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