Having already confirmed a deal to bring Danny Ings to the club, Liverpool have now mostly their needs at backup striker. Divock Origi will arrive on Merseyside for preseason training with the expectation that, at 20 years of age, he will play regularly but not be the main focus, while Ings likely starts a notch or two ahead given the slight advantage in terms of both age and experience in the Premier League. Neither are front-line strikers at the present time, which Liverpool will need to address in the coming weeks and months given that Daniel Sturridge will not be available until October.
With Ings and Origi arriving, however, they can begin the process of offloading their stable of backup strikers from this past season, a process that may very well begin with Fabio Borini. Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli are expected to leave as well, but if the 24-year-old's agent is to be believed, it will be Borini who leads the way, with a second set of comments within the week indicating that he's ready to move on.
On Monday it was the revelation that they were exploring options in light of Liverpool's refusal to send the player on loan, and last night Marco de Marchi asserted that staying at the club was not an option and would be "negative" for Borini's development:
"We are analysing all offers to decide what is best for his future. He is unhappy because he has not played many minutes and that's not good for his career. At this moment we are not thinking about a new deal, because it would be negative for our objectives."
Admirable as it might have been, the decision to stay and fight for a place at Liverpool--where he made five starts all season--was also not in the best interest of his career, and it proved to be regrettable for both player and club. Brendan Rodgers, who made Borini the first signing of his tenure as Liverpool manager, refused to use the Italian with any sort of consistency last season, often leaving him out of the squad completely in favor of Lambert, Balotelli, or a makeshift forward in the form of Raheem Sterling or Philippe Coutinho.
Rejecting a new deal is the most obvious of outcomes, and it would be shocking if Liverpool were even considering as much. Fabio Borini needs to leave the club, hopefully finding regular opportunities to play and finally settle into his career in the process.