Former Liverpool forward Fabio Borini has criticised the way he was treated by the club in the lead-up to his move to Sunderland last month.
The 24-year-old completed a £7.75m transfer to the Stadium of Light just prior to deadline day, having fallen out of favour at Anfield and only starting five games in 2014/15.
Borini has laid into the Reds for the way they handled the situation, most notably the decision to make him, along with Mario Balotelli and Jose Enrique, train away from the first-team squad.
“It was really upsetting. It was the killer that led me to leave Liverpool,” he told the Sunderland Echo.
“I always gave everything for the club and I showed that on the pitch and in training.
“Everyone knows within that club that I did everything and never complained.
“They make you train at different times from the first team, so I was actually not seeing them – not because of my behaviour, or because I had said something or done something wrong.
“I did everything right and people inside the club know that.
“I can’t really say why, because I don’t know why.”
Having turned down a permanent move to Sunderland the summer before after a £14 million fee was agreed between the two clubs, Liverpool’s hardline stance to finally force the Italian had the desired effect.
Borini scored just three goals in 38 Reds appearances after arriving from Roma in the summer of 2012 as Brendan Rodgers’ first signing for £11 million.
In truth, Sunderland is probably his level, and there is no reason why he can’t enjoy a similarly productive time of things there as he did during his loan spell in 2013/14.