Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has told the Liverpool Echo that Fabio Borini is not of the required standard and should be offloaded if a suitable offer is tabled.
He has, however, struggled for regular minutes throughout his time at Anfield and spent time on loan at Sunderland last season.
Lawrenson believes he should be deemed surplus to requirements during the January transfer window, with Brendan Rodgers in need of better from his attacking unit.
He says a fee of around £7 million should be enough to tempt Liverpool into a sale, despite seeing them pay considerably more than that to acquire the 23-year-old from Roma in the summer of 2012.
Lawrenson said in his Liverpool Echo column: “Until yesterday, Borini had made four starts and nine substitute appearances for a grand total of 479 minutes, no goals and one red card.
To suggest that is more than he expected smacks completely of a lack of ambition. It’s a bit concerning. Why wouldn’t a footballer want to play?
Look, other than the over-enthusiastic dismissal against Arsenal, Borini hasn’t let anybody down when he has been on the field. But his goal yesterday at Villa Park doesn’t really alter anything long term. He isn’t the Champions League standard Liverpool require.
If a club offered £7million for Borini, Liverpool would surely be tempted to get him out the door. He needs to wake up and smell the coffee. When everyone is fit, he isn’t going to be playing on a regular basis.”
Borini has been restricted to just 34 appearances for Liverpool, in which he has netted only three goals.
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He has previously impressed under Rodgers during a loan spell at Swansea City, but that was in the Championship.
There would appear to be no desire on Borini’s part to move on during the current window, though, with the former Chelsea trainee recently telling the Liverpool Echo that he has no regrets at having snubbed a permanent switch to Sunderland last summer.