Fabio Borini explains why he left Liverpool for Sunderland

Fabio Borini joined Sunderland from Liverpool in the summer transfer window.

Sunderland striker Fabio Borini is quoted in The Chronicle as saying that the thing that killed him at Liverpool was being forced to train away from the first-team squad.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers left him out of the side's pre-season games as he urged the Italian to find a new club and made it clear that he wasn't part of his plans at Anfield.

The Italy international striker eventually made the move to the Stadium of Light in the summer transfer window.

Borini is quoted in the Chronicle as saying: “It was really upsetting. It was the killer that led me to leave Liverpool.

“I always gave everything for the club, and I showed that on the pitch and in training. Everyone knows within that club that I did everything and never complained."

Of course, Borini wasn't alone, with Mario Balotelli and Jose Enrique also told to train away from the first team in order to try and find new clubs, although the latter of the two has been photographed back with the Liverpool first team this week after he was unable to leave Anfield. 

So Borini made the move to Sunderland, where he had a relatively successful loan spell in 2013/14 by scoring in key fixtures to help the side avoid relegation from the Premier League as well as helping them reach the League Cup final, only for them to lose out 3-1 to Manchester City, where Borini opened the scoring for the Black Cats.

Having turned down a permanent move to the Stadium of Light the summer before, a year later Borini was given the opportunity again, and he added why he made the move back to the North East. 

"I’m happy to be here because I can play football, and that’s what I wanted – what I missed the most," he said. “Sunderland could give me my football back.

"It is not only the supporters that persuaded me to come back here. It has been the director, the team and obviously what I felt towards the club."

Certainly the chances of him getting more regular game time at the Stadium of Light is greater than at Anfield where they have four strikers at their disposal who were all ahead of the Italian in the pecking order. 

On Merseyside he never really showed what he can do, but there were flashes of quality during his loan spell at Sunderland, and he will be hoping to rediscover that kind of form to help his chances of returning to the Italy squad. 

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