Manager Brendan Rodgers believes Fabio Borini and Suso will return to Liverpool as better players this summer following their season-long loans and is delighted by the experience they have both gained away from Anfield.
Italian striker Borini, who arrived at Liverpool for £10.5million from Roma in the summer of 2012, has scored six goals in 28 games for Sunderland while Spaniard Suso has netted twice and provided seven assists during his 24 outings in La Liga playing for Almeria.
Speaking about the duo, Rodgers said:
“Fabio has got games and scored some very important goals.
“He got the opportunity to play in a major final at Wembley. All that bodes well for the future.
“The likes of young Suso has had a terrific loan in Spain playing regular first team football.
“He will come back and come into the squad in the summer and then we will assess where he’s at.”
Liverpool currently have a dozen players out on loan, including the likes of Pepe Reina (Napoli), Oussama Assaidi (Stoke), Tiago Ilori (Granada), Andre Wisdom (Derby County), Jack Robinson (Blackpool) and Jordon Ibe (Birmingham City).
Rodgers spoke about the benefits of allowing some of the younger players to go out on loan to gain the necessary experience of first team football.
“The loans have certainly been beneficial.
“There are different types of loans for different players. In particular for the young players it’s very important for them to gain that experience.
“It’s good for us to put them into clubs who operate with a similar philosophy. That helps their development and hopefully brings them back ready to play pressurized football at a high level.
“We’ve got Andre Wisdom doing really well at Derby at the top end of the Championship and young Conor getting league experience at Sheffield United. He needed to go away and prepare himself to play every single week.”
Liverpool’s £8million summer signing Iago Aspas has endured a frustrating season of relative inactivity having played just nine minutes of Premier League football since early December. However, Rodgers was unable to allow him to go out on loan due to lack of cover for strike duo Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.
Rodgers has been impressed by Aspas’ attitude and complimented the Spaniard for his commitment.
“It’s been a season where it’s been difficult for some of our fringe players, especially the strikers.
“I feel for the likes of Iago. He works tirelessly every day. He hasn’t got a lot of minutes but he has been brilliantly professional. That indirectly helps the likes of Luis and Daniel.
“It’s been hard for some of those guys but they have still committed themselves to help the overall team. I know that ultimately at some stage they will want to play games.”
Rodgers’ comments about Suso come after rumors emerged suggesting interest from Sevilla. Suso himself seemed to add fuel to the fire saying that he admired Sevilla and would be open to a move.
“I don’t know anything about that, but maybe they’ve spoken with my agent. Sevilla is a club I’ve always admired, for how they live and breathe football, their character, their stadium…
“It would be a really good place for me. Also, it’s just an hour down the road from my home.”
However, during an interview with Estadio Deportivo and ahead of the match between Almería and Sevilla this weekend, Suso indicated that he sees his future at Anfield.
“I’m at Almería on loan from Liverpool so it doesn’t depend just on my decision.
“Almeria have given me the chance to play in the first division and I would not mind at all continuing here one more season, but as I said, it does not depend just on me.
“I’ve been talking with Liverpool, to see if they’re going to renew my contract.
“Next season they could be playing in the Champions League and I’m really keen to be a part of that.”