Fabio Borini had appeared set to leave Liverpool on deadline day with both Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland interested in his signature, but the Italian rejected the advances of both clubs in order to fight for a place at Anfield.
Borini was expected to leave Liverpool for Sunderland earlier in the transfer window with the club having submitted a £14 million offer for the player but, while it was accepted, an agreement between player and suitors was not struck.
A similar pattern emerged on the final day of the transfer window as QPR registered their interest in a bid to recruit a replacement for Loic Remy, who had joined Chelsea a 24 hours earlier, but Borini again chose not to take the opportunity.
The 23-year-old has since tweeted to confirm that the decision to stay at Anfield was indeed his, adding that he is “very happy” to have taken responsibility of the situation and acted so decisively.
It would appear to be a peculiar choice from Borini to opt to remain on Merseyside, somewhere where his career has yet to begin in earnest, given that his prospects would appear slim given the options at the disposal of Brendan Rodgers.
Borini was the first acquisition of the Rodgers era at Liverpool, having previously worked with him at both Chelsea and Swansea, but injury sustained just weeks into his career with the club resulted in a three month absence.
He made his return in the January of 2012/13, a month in which Daniel Sturridge was signed from Chelsea, and the potent form of the latter ensured chances were few and far between for Borini.
With Sturridge and Luis Suarez the undoubted first-choice pairing at Liverpool, the decision was taken by Rodgers to allow Borini to leave the club for the duration of the following season in order to further his education elsewhere.
Sunderland was the destination for Borini, where he scored 10 goals, and the Black Cats had hoped to retain the services of the player following the expiration of his loan deal at the end of the campaign.
But while it was clear Liverpool were prepared to do a deal, Borini was not, even if Sturridge and now Mario Balotelli are the two leading forwards available to Rodgers. Borini does, however, deserve some respect for his unerring desire to make it at Liverpool, even if the odds are stacked against him.