What now for Fabio Borini at Liverpool?

Borini turned down moves to Sunderland and QPR but his opportunities at Liverpool may be limited.

Liverpool striker Fabio Borini turned down the opportunity to leave the club for first team football on transfer deadline day, after manager Brendan Rodgers had reportedly told him his opportunities will be limited at Anfield this season.

The Reds accepted an offer of £14 million from Sunderland in July in order to make his loan move to the Stadium of Light from last season a permanent one. 

It appeared he didn't want to move to the club on the permanent basis, and Queens Park Rangers had a late bid accepted for around £13 million last night, though it is believed the Italian's wage demands were too much for the club to take on.

So, he has to spend until at least the January transfer window at Anfield and is likely to be the fourth-choice striker behind Daniel Sturridge, Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert. Unless injuries strike, it looks increasingly unlikely he will force his way into the first team.

The general consensus seems to be that Borini needs game time in order to get some consistency and prove the ability he has - it's what we saw during his loan spell at the Stadium of Light last season. Though not prolific in the North East, he demonstrated he has a cool head and could finish well.

But when he's in and out of the side, his touch can go awry. He sometimes looks as if he isn't strong enough to deal with the physical demands of the Premier League - the likelihood now is that he's going to appear in cup games and appearances from the substitutes bench if he's lucky - and as a result the chances are Liverpool won't see the best of Brendan Rodgers' first signing. 

Staying and fighting for his place is an admirable stance to take, especially given the quality of Liverpool's striking options, and the different threats they provide. But one can't help but feel that both Borini and Liverpool will lose out because he was unwilling to move. The Reds financially, and Borini in terms of his profile.

A goal against Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup could start to change all that, though.

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