Quite how Fabio Borini managed to stay at Liverpool this transfer window is quite difficult to explain. The player was on the radars of Sunderland and AC Milan in the summer, and then he was subject to a late Queens Park Rangers bid on deadline day – yet he parried all advances, and remained with the Reds.
A bad decision for the player personally, Borini might have kicked his heels into eventual footballing obscurity. Firstly, Liverpool accepted bids for the player, indicating that he was surplus to Brendan Rodgers’ requirements. The Northern-Irish manager has made massive strides in building a new, fresh squad this summer, but he was clearly willing to let Borini go. For as long as the Italian is unwanted, then he is likely to be unplayed as well.
Therein lies the predominant problem for Borini – he simply will not get the game-time he needs at Liverpool. For as long as Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli remain fit, it is highly unlikely that either of those players will be usurped. For as long as Raheem Sterling keeps injury free, then the main attacking midfielder slot is spoken for. Should any of those players suffer injury, then Borini will find himself at the back of a line of replacements, with the likes of Rickie Lambert, Philippe Coutinho, Lazar Markovic and Emre Can standing before him.
At Rangers or Sunderland especially, the player could have been starting 30+ games this season, as it is he will be lucky if he makes 10. With the Hoops or the Black Cats, Borini could have established himself as a very important player, with Liverpool he is in danger of being forgotten. Personal terms can often prove a problem, and that could be the issue in this case, but Borini should have reached a solution at some point, as now he might never be chased within a transfer window again.