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Sunderland open to signing Liverpool striker Fabio Borini, says Gus Poyet

Liverpool forward Fabio Borini has defended himself against accusations he has wildly unrealistic expectations after turning down two moves.
Image: Borini: left out of Liverpool's squad to play Liverpool

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet admits he would leap at the chance to take Liverpool striker Fabio Borini back to the Stadium of Light.

Borini was on loan at Sunderland last season and scored seven goals for the club, but an expected permanent transfer collapsed over the summer.

He was left out of Brendan Rodgers' squad to face Poyet's side on Saturday, a game which ended 0-0, and Poyet was later asked if we would be interested in signing him in January.

"I would love to," he said before attempting to address the collapse of the transfer.

"It is difficult to explain. It was a long summer and the things everyone knows, we agreed a price and we flew to America (for Liverpool's pre-season tour) and he didn't come.

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Gus Poyet feels his side missed a great opportunity to win at Anfield

"The bottom line is he is not with us. I am trying to concentrate on what we have got."

Only Aston Villa and Burnley have scored fewer goals at home than Liverpool's seven and Rodgers' decision to leave Borini out of the squad was questioned after the goalless draw.

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But the Liverpool manager refused to explain the omission, which meant he had no striker on the bench after starting Rickie Lambert in attack.

"That is a decision I make as a manager," Rodgers said.

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