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Rodgers rules out loan move for Liverpool striker

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has ruled out any possibility of allowing Fabio Borini to leave the club on loan, reports Sky Sports.

The 22-year-old striker has endured a frustrating first year on Merseyside, with a combination of injuries and lack of form halting his progress at Anfield.

Much was expected of the Italy international when he joined from AS Roma for around £10.5million, but Borini has so far failed to live up to the hype.

Asked if he had given any thought to sending the striker out on loan, Rodgers told Liverpool's official website: "Not at this moment in time.

"There would be a queue of clubs wanting to take him if he was available. We want to keep a strong group - it's a very long season for us.

"You've got Daniel (Sturridge), Fabio, (Iago) Aspas and Luis (Suarez) to come in a number of weeks.

"We want to make sure the competition in the group is there, especially at the top end of the field where if you have a goalscorer it's always good to have."

With Rodgers ready to give Borini every chance of cementing his place in the first-team, the striker remains happy at Liverpool, and is unconcerned by increased competition for places.

"He's very settled here, he's fighting to improve his performance level [and] he's doing extra after training with the coaches," added the Northern Irishman.

"Any player wants to play games, that's why they become a footballer - to play in the games.

"He's continued to work hard, he's not just satisfied. He's eager and hungry when that chance comes to prove he can get goals."

Borini has enjoyed two spells playing under Rodgers, first of all during his early days at Chelsea, then later during a successful loan spell with Swansea, when the Liverpool boss was in charge at the Liberty Stadium.

His impressive performances in seasons gone by is what's thought to have convinced him to splash out on the Italian, and he hopes he will still fulfil his potential at Anfield.

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