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Is there a future at Liverpool for Fabio Borini?

Brendan Rodgers has stated that the out-of-favour Italian forward will not be allowed to leave the club on loan, despite limited opportunities at Anfield.

When Fabio Borini signed for Liverpool back in July 2012 for a fee in the region of £10 million, the Kop will have thought they were signing a player that could help to propel them back into the top four. However, the Italy international has had a torrid time since swapping Roma for the Reds, and is now on the peripheral of Brendan Rodgers’ side.

After an injury plagued debut campaign at the Merseyside club and with attacking reinforcements being brought to the club by Liverpool over the summer, there have been rumblings that Borini could be sent out on loan for the campaign.

However, Rodgers has stated that the ex-Chelsea and Swansea forward will stay at Anfield for the foreseeable future and will not be allowed to leave on a temporary deal elsewhere for the campaign.

"Not at this moment in time,” Rodgers said when asked if Borini would be made available for loan.

“There would be a queue of clubs wanting to take him if he was available. We want to keep a strong group - it's a very long season for us.

"You've got Daniel [Sturridge], Fabio, [Iago] Aspas and Luis [Suarez] to come in a number of weeks. We want to make sure the competition in the group is there."

Rodgers also stated that Liverpool were not finished up in the transfer market yet either, with talk that the Northern Irish manager is eager to sign a left winger before the window closes.

“We've got targets," he continued. "While the window is still open we'll continue to look to improve the squad. We'll hopefully come out of the back of it with a stronger group.

"The idea is for us to strengthen that little bit more and hopefully we can do that."

For Borini the situation looks very bleak. With Sturridge in great form and key man Suarez now likely to return after being told he is not for sale, the Italian’s opportunities to play in his preferred centre forward role will be severely limited. This is before new summer signings Aspas and Luis Alberto are even considered.

The former Roma attacker could be used on one of the flanks in theory, but with Philippe Coutinho a guaranteed starter when available the likelihood is that Borini will spend prolonged periods on the sidelines.

Liverpool have went from a situation last summer where they were over-reliant on Suarez in attack to being overstocked in the final third of the pitch.

If Borini can get back to anywhere near the form that he displayed in his sole season at Roma, he may well be in the running again for a regular starting place. Unfortunately without a consistent opportunity to play in the first-team he is unlikely to rekindle the sharpness and eye for goal that convinced the Reds to bring him to England in the first place.

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