Fabio Borini could well have played his last game for Liverpool after being sent off just 18 minutes after coming on in his side’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal.
The Italian has struggled to feature in manager Brendan Rodgers’ plans this season after turning down a move to Sunderland in the summer.
The striker has often found himself not being involved in many matchday squads this season, in fact he has only made 10 appearances in all competitions this season.
Decision to stay looks misguided
Borini has not only had to battle with Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert for a place upfront but also with Raheem Sterling who has recently operated as the leading striker.
With his chances limited to cameo appearances the front man should have relished the chance of forcing himself into the manager’s plans by either getting or being involved in the equaliser against Arsenal.
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Arsenal red card the final straw
Yet, perhaps with a hint of over exuberance the Italian got himself sent off after receiving two yellow cards in a matter of minutes.
The first was for throwing the ball away in anger and the other for a high tackle on Arsenal’s Santi Carzola.
Borini later tweeted to explain his actions, but that will be scant consolation to Liverpool fans who expect better from a player trying to prove himself.
It looks as if Rodgers has lost faith in the man he managed before at Chelsea and will offload him in January.
Gus Poyet has said Borini is still a player he would like to bring to Sunderland and after his recent performance for Liverpool he may well sign for the Wearside club.