Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet believes Fabio Borini will excel at Sunderland during his loan spell at the club following a troubled first season at Anfield.
The former Roma striker only managed to score one Premier League goal for Brendan Rodgers' side in a season that was largely interrupted by persistent injuries during the 2012/13 campaign.
Following his move Borini has made three appearances as a late substitute in what has been a tumultuous campaign for the Black Cats so far this season. The club sit at the foot of the Premier League table having picked up just a single point from their first five Premier League games with the dismissal of Paolo Di Canio further complicating matters at the Stadium of Light.
Before making his loan move to the north east, Borini - who is ineligible for Liverpool's trip to the north east this weekend - sought advice from Sunderland's former shot stopper Mignolet, and the Belgian is confident his former club is an ideal place for a young player to grow.
"I know Fabio can do really good things over there, it's a place where he will enjoy playing football," Borini told Liverpool's official website.
"Once he starts scoring goals the fans will love him as well. I think it's a very good place for him to be and he will definitely do well for the club. I'm hoping the club does well. "
Mignolet, who was voted Sunderland's player of the year last season, will return to the club for the first time following his £10m move to Anfield during the summer, after playing an integral role in ensuring the Black Cats maintained their Premier League status in a disastrous 2012/13 season.
Mignolet kept 11 clean sheets to help Sunderland avoid relegation, but the club's plight has followed into the new season with the north east club having earned just a single point five games into the new campaign.
After spending three years at the club, the 25-year-old is saddened by the fortunes of the club who brought him to English football and hopes their situation improves sooner rather than later.
"You never want to see your ex-team at the bottom of the league," Mignolet was quoted as saying by the Sunderland Echo.
"I know a lot of people there and not only in the dressing room. I know a lot of people who work there, a lot of supporters and obviously they deserve better.
"I am sure they will turn it around."