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Rodgers reveals plan for striker

Last Updated: Sat, 17 May 2014 16:32

Brendan Rodgers has backed Fabio Borini to be a hit at Liverpool next season after his goalscoring return against Shamrock Rovers.

Rodgers believes the Italian is ready to supplement Liverpool's attacking options next term after returning form a successful loan stint at Sunderland.

Borini made 40 appearances and scored 10 goals for the Black Cats as they avoided relegation and reached the Capital One Cup final.

Rodgers was impressed with his contribution in the 4-0 midweek win in Dublin and is predicting a bright future for the ex-Roma striker.

"I thought he was excellent," said the Northern Irishman, who made Borini his first signing as Liverpool boss in the summer of 2012.

"With Fabio, it was just a case of we had Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, who I felt were going to play a lot of games. We didn't have so many games with no European football. Luis is so robust, he plays every minute of every game and he's a world-class striker.

"So for Fabio's development - and nothing to do with not thinking he's a quality player, because I know him better than anyone - he needed to go out and get games to prove his worth. He's done that.

"He'll now come back a year later into our squad in the summer; you saw with his pace and his power and his ability to get a goal that he's going to add to the quality that we already have."

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