Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet has admitted that his side have missed the presence of striker Fabio Borini, who could play against them in the colours of Liverpool on Saturday afternoon, reports the Daily
The Italian spent the majority of last season on loan at the Stadium of Light, and went on to score 10 goals in all competitions, helping Sunderland to survive relegation from the Premier League and reach the Capital One Cup final, where he netted in the 3-1 defeat to Manchester City at Wembley.
The Black Cats tried in vain to sign him on a permanent basis over the summer, with Borini only deciding late on that he wanted to stay and prove himself on Merseyside, having also come close to joining Queens Park Rangers.
He has made eight appearances for Liverpool so far this season, but is generally behind Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Daniel Sturridge in the pecking order. And Poyet is still rueful that he could not be persuaded to return to the North East.
‘Goals are very expensive so we have missed him a lot,’ he said. ‘I think we are learning now but the higher you go there are some players when you know them well they become a little bit more expensive. When you know a player and you know what you are going to get in any division it makes a difference.’
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