Fabio Borini is set to face a battle for first-team minutes at Liverpool this season, but the striker insists he’s delighted to be remaining at Anfield.
After spending last season on loan at Sunderland, where he scored seven goals in 32 league games to help secure the club’s Premier League status, Borini looked on the verge of a return to the north east this summer, with the two sides having agreed upon a £14 million fee.
However, determined to prove his worth at Anfield, the Italian international continued to stall on a potential permanent move, while a last-minute switch to Queens Park Rangers for a reported £10 million also broke down due to wage demands.
Furthermore, his agent revealed that Liverpool refused to entertain loan offers, despite Inter Milan’s interest, with the 23-year-old front man now set to stay at Melwood until at least the start of 2015.
However, despite Brendan Rodgers suggesting last week that it would be best for him to move on, Borini himself does not seem at all deterred at the prospect of being confined to the bench, even taking to Twitter to express his relief at the on-going transfer saga now being over.
Finally the madness is finished! I protected the MAN and the player that I am today...— fabio borini (@borinifabio29) September 2, 2014
...taking all the responsibility of the situation and for people who didn't want it...— fabio borini (@borinifabio29) September 2, 2014
...and I m VERY happy with myself to have taken such an important decision!— fabio borini (@borinifabio29) September 2, 2014
Having been made Rodgers’ first signing at the club upon arriving from Roma in the summer of 2012, Borini appears intent on fighting for his place in the Liverpool lineup, but that will be a tough ask with the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Rickie Lambert and now Mario Balotelli ahead of him in the pecking order.
At this stage of his career, securing regular first-team minutes elsewhere would have been a wise move, but now he will have to convince his manager that he can in fact contribute to the club going forward.
Would Borini have been wiser to seek a move elsewhere?