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Fabio Borini Joins Sunderland on Loan

Brendan Rodgers' first transfer signing as Liverpool manager has joined Paolo di Canio's Sunderland on a season-long loan deal on a busy transfer deadline day for Liverpool Football Club.

Ian Walton

After confirming the signing of Victor Moses, who can cover a variety of attacking positions, Liverpool have let Fabio Borini join Sunderland on loan. The deal is for the 2013/2014 season with no permanent option to buy and Fabio Borini will presumably compete with Conor Wickham, Jozy Altidore, and Steven Fletcher for a striking berth.

This summer has seen a little change in Rodgers' attitude to seemingly trusted youngsters with Jordan Henderson starting while Joe Allen feelt the warmth of a summer bench, Jonjo "next ten years" Shelvey being allowed to join Swansea on a permanent deal, and Fabio Borini making a deadline day switch to Sunderland on loan.

Fabio Borini had a first season disrupted by injury after he arrived from Roma and his record at Roma (9 goals in 24 Serie A matches) gave many hope that he could be the poacher Liverpool needed. Borini's move to Sunderland mirrors Moses' move to Liverpool in that both players needed regular football at this particular stage of their development. Although Moses has made more of an impact in his first season than Borini did, both youngsters can still be of value to their parent clubs if they impress. While Moses joins one of the league's better clubs with designs on breaking the top four, Borini joins a club currently in the relegation zone with hopes of a midtable finish.

This may be the beginning of the end of Fabio Borini's time at Liverpool or the moment where the player truly announces his goalscoring talent to English football. Fabio Borini possesses excellent movement and is a true striker of the ball when the opposition goal is in his vicinity. The player works hard and appears to be a good professional, so a demanding and charismatic compatriot as manager might be the ideal manager to hone his talents for a season before returning to Liverpool.

As this deal has been confirmed quite late in the window, this could very well be Liverpool's last deal of the day.

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