Liverpool forward Fabio Borini still has a future with the club despite the recent acquisition of Rickie Lambert, that is at least the opinion of the Italian. Borini spent last season on loan with Sunderland and his future remains unclear following the expiration of this deal.
During his time at the Stadium of Light, Borini was able to find the net on 10 occasions in 40 appearances - including a memorable strike against Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley, although Sunderland eventually succumbed to defeat.
Borini signed for Liverpool in the summer transfer window of 2012, becoming the first signing of the Brendan Rodgers era at Anfield. The two had previously worked together at Chelsea and Swansea, and Rodgers sanctioned a £10.5 million move to capture the player from Roma.
The 23-year-old, however, made only 13 appearances during his maiden campaign as a Liverpool player after suffering a broken foot, and the January acquisition of Daniel Sturridge pushed Borini down the selection order.
Almost a year on since Borini was sent off to Wearside and Liverpool have signed another striker in Lambert, who joined this week from Southampton for £4.5 million. But will this spell the end of Borini? Marco De Marchi says ‘no’, and believes his client remains very much in the plans of Rodgers.
"Does Lambert's arrival close the door on Fabio Borini?" De Marchi told reporters. "No, I don't think so.
"We have received no communications in that regard.
"In this last season, Fabio gave a considerable contribution towards keeping Sunderland up. He was praised by everyone, especially be the Liverpool manager Rodgers.
"So, after his holidays, he will go back to Liverpool to prepare for the new season wearing the shirt of this historic club. He wants to compete with everyone and be an extra resource for the coach and the team.
"Borini could be of use to any team, but no one has contacted us and his desire is to show what he has got at Liverpool."