Returning to Liverpool after a season on loan at Sunderland, following the arrival of Rickie Lambert there has been speculation that Fabio Borini might soon be heading off again. Splitting his time between striker and the wing, Borini scored seven goals and two assists in 32 league appearances last season, playing a key role in Sunderland's survival in the Premier League.
Now, he's back in a squad with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge ahead of him and the newly signed Lambert to compete for minutes with off the bench. His ability to play wide gives him enough flexibility that, with Liverpool involved in four competitions, he should see his share of the action. Still, for some Lambert's arrival leads to questions about Borini's future.
"Does the arrival of Lambert close the door on Fabio Borini? I don't think so," Marco De Marchi, Borini's agent, said in an interview with Tutto Mercato. "We have received no communications about that. In this last season, Fabio made a significant contribution towards keeping Sunderland up. He was praised by everyone, especially by the Liverpool manager Rodgers."
So far, the signs do point to Borini being more valuable to Liverpool as part of the squad than for any transfer fee the club could reasonably hope to get for him. And despite suggestions Sunderland had made inquiries over a proposed £10M bid for the player, Borini's agent further insisted there had been no discussions with other clubs about his client heading elsewhere next season.
"After his holidays he will return to Liverpool to prepare for the new season with the historic club," said De Marchi. "He wants to compete with everyone and be a resource for the coach and the team. Borini could be of use to any team, but nobody has contacted us about that and his desire is to show what he's got at Liverpool."