Fabio Borini could be “frozen out” at Liverpool

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Fabio Borini‘s Liverpool career hangs in the balance with the striker “baffling” the club by not leaving this summer, according to a report.

DUBLIN, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND - Wednesday, May 14, 2014: Liverpool's Fabio Borini celebrates scoring the second goal against Shamrock Rovers during a postseason friendly match at Lansdowne Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Chris Bascombe of The Telegraph says the 23-year-old Italian “faces being frozen out for the foreseeable future” following his decision to stay at Anfield.

Borini turned down offers from Sunderland and Queens Park Ranges over the summer and will presumably remain the Reds’ fourth-choice striker behind Daniel Sturridge, Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert.

Bascombe explains:

Liverpool are bemused by the Italian’s decision to spurn the advances of other Premier League clubs with Brendan Rodgers, the manager, having informed the 23-year-old he was unlikely to feature on Merseyside this season.

Liverpool had hoped to gain a significant financial boost from the sale of Borini, accepting a £14 million bid from Sunderland in July and a £12 million plus add-ons deal with QPR on transfer deadline day.

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Borini’s struggle for first-team football at Liverpool will be made even more difficult when £10 million summer signing Divock Origi returns from his loan spell at Lille next summer.

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Despite the uphill battle he faces to win a place in Brendan Rodgers’ team, Borini seemed relieved and positive when he took to Twitter on Tuesday.

To which BBC Sport journalist Phil McNulty replied:

Borini is still at an early stage in his career with a big task to prove himself, but, as This Is Anfield’s Jack Lubsy writes, can he follow in the footsteps of Jordan Henderson and Jon Flanagan and rejuvenate his career?

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  • Red Ram

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    Any thoughts?

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    • ?oe ßloggs

      How many wives was that again?

      • Red Ram

        Not enough handfuls

        • ?oe ßloggs

          Methinks one is plenty! :D

      • Red Ram

        Forget my wives, point lost. Some racket going on in US right now. Hope you are tuned in.

        • ?oe ßloggs

          What’s going on??

  • Red Ram

    Grab the rat poison?

  • Red Ram

    I’m glad most are happy to back Borini if he plays. Even if Borini wasn’t part of Rodgers’ plans, the manager deserves more respect than for people to just presume he’d be inflexible in the matter. Unless Borini’s intentions were dishonourable in any way, Brendan will probably encourage him to raise his game if anything.

    It’s time the accusations and presumptions with regards to Borini’s conduct stopped. At the very least the bitterness, and especially the rodent comments. Let’s just wait and see what the manager says or does.

  • Abyss

    Borini better hope for his sake that Rodgers plays with the two striker system. Rodgers has made some very stern decisions with players in the past – from telling a 35mil striker he’s no longer needed even when we were heavily short of strikers to letting Henderson leave at the same time to marginalizing two long time servants in Agger and Reina. I really can’t tell which way Rodgers will go with this – does he continue to try and prove a point by letting him to rot on the bench or does he think about giving Fabio a chance and see how it goes from there. He’s really not the worst player, but looking at our squad, it’s filled with quality all around, and his competition is no different.

    If Fabio can change a game for Liverpool coming on as a substitute initially then he might have a chance. He’s not just competing with Mario, Rickie and Daniel here. Sterling, Markovic, Lallana and Coutinho are part of the mix as well.

  • AdamFrost

    All those ‘fans’ who think Fabio was being a mercenary are starting to annoy me. Do your research before slating a man.

  • Michael Minnie

    2 – points

    1- I think if we have an injury to any 1 striker, and we play want to play with 2 up front, that puts Borini in instantly? I think he can be great coming off the bench in a cup game, or even a high pressure derby or stale game. All the best to the lad, I love and respect his attitude.

    2- He is an Italian striker around the same age as Balotelli. He is PERFECT to help him settle into Merseyside.

  • Dragan from Serbia

    But the way he did it.. He let people negotiate and sweat whole day, while he knew he’ll reject in the end..

  • CARR71

    its our money it came from what the club as made

  • Siraaj Hodor Petersen

    Fair play to him. If (thats a big IF) he gets his chances and takes it… well I’ll start putting on the kettle then.