Fabio Borini will return to Liverpool at the end of the season, according to the player’s agent.
The Italian striker joined Sunderland on loan in the summer, and has scored just three goals for the Premier League strugglers thus far.
After an injury-ravaged first season at Anfield, speculation has linked the 22-year-old with a permanent move away from the Reds at the end of the current campaign, with Udinese touted as a potential destination.
Marco De Marchi has moved to distance his client away from the Liverpool exit door however, insisting he’ll join up with Brendan Rodgers and the rest of the squad once again in the summer.
"After the season Borini returns to Liverpool, where he is one of Brendan Rodgers favourites," said the agent, according to The Daily Star.
"He was his first purchase, and he has trained him in Chelsea and Swansea. You should talk to him about a possible sale, but I do not think that is the intention.
"With all due respect for Udinese, but I think Fabio should play for top clubs in Europe."
Borini moved to Merseyside from Roma in the summer of 2012, but suffered a broken foot and then dislocated shoulder in less than eight months at Anfield.
After limited first-team opportunities, he was sent out on a season-long loan to gain some Premier League experience, and Liverpool will be hoping he gets more chances in the North East in the second part of the season.
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