Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet remains keen on signing Liverpool striker Fabio Borini, despite being consistently rebuffed for the striker during the summer transfer window.
Borini did something relatively unique to the modern game, refusing a transfer to Sunderland after having a £14 million bid accepted for him.
The Italian striker believed that he could yet carve out an opportunity for himself at the Reds, and has been granted a few opportunities to play in the Champions League.
However, this is nowhere near as much football as he played while on loan with the Black Cats last season, where he played a key role in ensuring that the north east side stayed in the Premier League.
It seemed natural, therefore, that Borini would move in the summer, but he did not. There has been debate over whether Poyet would go back in for Borini in January, with his Sunderland side requiring attacking recruits, and the Uruguayan boss has admitted that he will.
When asked if he will make a move, he said: “I would love to.”
Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet has claimed that Liverpool left their “special” player Steven Gerrard on the bench in their clash on Saturday.
Gerrard’s continued place in the Liverpool first team has been under debate in recent months.
Despite contributing heavily to the Anfield club’s title charge in the later stages of last season, he was also somewhat responsible for the ultimate failure of that quest.
Gerrard infamously slipped against Chelsea, giving them the opportunity to grab a lead that Liverpool could never take away from them, and Brendan Rodgers’ side ultimately lost that game 2-0.
Had Liverpool managed a draw in that game and then not collapsed against Crystal Palace while chasing a huge goal difference busting win, they would have won the title.
However, Poyet himself says that Sunderland did significant preparation on how to deal with Gerrard, and were surprised to see such a special player left on the bench for the game.
“We watched on video, Gerrard playing in front of the back four and Gerrard playing off the front,” Poyet said.
“Then he wasn’t playing. So I suppose a few players in there said ‘yeah, well done gaffer’ — all that video for no reason. But it’s good — you play against a top team, one of those players is special, you show your team, and he doesn’t play.”