It seems that Brendan Rodgers has spelt it out for Fabio Borini that if he wants to play regular first team football, then he’ll have to go out on loan.
With a loan move to Sunderland imminent, Borini wasn’t even named amongst the substitutes in Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Manchester United at the weekend.
Without a doubt, the Italian striker has been unlucky during his time with Liverpool – especially on the injury front, but his poor goal return seems to have led to a lack of confidence.
He needs games at the age of 22, and if he isn’t getting the opportunity when Luis Suarez isn’t in the Liverpool side, and Daniel Sturridge is still to reach 100% fitness, it's clear that his immediate future lay away from Anfield.
Having said that, going on loan to Sunderland will by no means mean he is guaranteed a starting place, with Steven Fletcher and Conor Wickham likely to be Borini’s biggest competitors for a starting place.
Over the past season or so Borini has become a confidence player. When he got his goal against Newcastle United, there was a bit more energy about his game and towards the end of the season. He looked more eager to take the fight to the opposition, and his game looked a lot sharper all round; he had that spring in his step that a confident footballer usually possesses.
Borini's movement is a good asset to have in any side, as he not only creates the space for himself, but for his team mates as well.
If it works out for everyone, and Borini scores a bucket load of goals for Sunderland, it will help Liverpool too; Liverpool could either end up with a confident goalscorer returning to the club, or a decent fee for the Italian.
What can he offer to Sunderland ? Movement, an ability to create useful space and he is a constant threat. If Borini starts well he could have a successful period on Wearside. It'd be good to see him get his career back on track.
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