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Rumour Mongering: Borini Edges Closer To Move Away From Anfield

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Although the potential departure of Lucas has lit the Interwebs aflame with controversy, the departure of out-of-favor striker Fabio Borini seems all but inevitable. And now according to James Pearce of The Echo, even Borini has accepted this fate.

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Liverpool fans have been reeling from the news emerging in the last 24 hours that Lucas Leiva's career as a Red may soon be nearing its end. Like Daniel Agger and Steven Gerrard before him, Lucas's exit feels forced, premature, and will likely leave a bad taste in everyone's mouths.

Fabio Borini's future exit, on the other hand, will fail to check any of those boxes. And now, according to a report from The Echo, even Borini has accepted that he no longer has a future at Anfield.

Despite arriving from Chelsea Roma as Rodgers' first signing, the Italian striker was merely the first of a frustratingly-long list of failed attacking players.

Borini's desire to stay and fight for a role in the squad in 2014-15 was admirable, but ultimately fruitless. All told, he made five starts, tallied one goal against Aston Villa, and earned a red card against Arsenal. His poor record stands out even against the backdrop of other strikers not striking.

Once again, Liverpool have been trying to sell the player over the summer, likely at half the price offered up over last summer's transfer window.

Italian outfit Fiorentina appears to be the current front-runner to land the 24-year-old striker. Their sporting director, Daniele Prade, acknowledged Fiorentina's interest in Borini, although no former offers have yet been made.

Regardless of whether the Fiorentina rumors come to fruition, Italy seems to be the most likely destination for Borini, with Inter Milan and Lazio also reportedly interested in securing the striker's services.

At this point in Borini's career, any move has to be an improvement to his current situation. Rodgers has made it increasingly clear that Fabio doesn't have a career in the red half of Merseyside, and if his playing time was not ample evidence of that, the three strikers brought in this window should have been.