Fabio Borini - where it all went wrong for the outgoing Liverpool forward

Fabio Borini

He may have had a bright season at Sunderland, but his career at Liverpool has done nothing for Fabio Borini.

He was the first signing of the Brendan Rodgers era at Anfield for £10.5 million from Roma, as reported by the Independent, and since his first goal for the club in a 3-0 win over Gomel in a Europa League qualifier, it has all been downhill for the Italian. 

It's hard not to have sympathy for Borini. A lot of his supporters said his movement was very good in his first season but he has never really been able to find any sort of form, or regular game time. Half of the time he was out injured, and whenever he returned he'd get injured again. He had started to develop something of a reputation for being made of glass. 

The signing of Daniel Sturridge and the combination he struck up with Luis Suarez in Borini's absence hardly helped the cause of the Italian - with the duo starting to form the most formidable striker combination in the Premier League

There was a chance of him reviving his career in English football when he made a loan move to Sunderland. Scoring the winner against fierce rivals Newcastle United helped endear him to the fans at the Stadium of Light, as did his knack of popping up on the big occasion - scoring from the penalty spot in cup games against Manchester United and Chelsea, as well as scoring the opening goal in their League Cup final defeat to Manchester City. Along with helping the side avoid relegation in 2014, he was a firm fans' favourite in the North East. 

But it was after that season that Borini's career really stalled. He was offered two ways out. He could have made the move to Sunderland a permanent one, or move to London and be part of Queens Park Rangers' newly-promoted side side - as covered by the Daily Mail. Despite Liverpool accepting bids from both clubs, he declined to move and chose to fight for his place at Anfield instead. An admirable stance, but one which has proved costly. 

Instead, he made just the five starts subsequently, scoring the one goal, and despite making several substitute appearances, he still lacked the pace and physical presence required to ensure he could lead the line effectively. It was hard to question his work rate and desire, but his ability sadly wasn't of the standard required. His failure to move on last summer has ultimately proved costly, though it's hard to judge what the long-term effect of that will be on his career. 

It would be a shame on a personal level if his move back to Italy doesn't work out - as it's reported by the Liverpool Echo that he could move to Fiorentina in an £8 million deal, and one hopes that he can end up rebuilding his career in Serie A

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