Fabio Borini is included in the Liverpool squad

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Fabio Borini has been included in Liverpool's 25 man squad for the Premier League season, meaning that he will be competing for a place in the starting eleven alongside Mario Balotelli, Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert. 

Stuttering start at Liverpool

Fabio Borini first arrived on Merseyside in 2012 for £10.5 million and was Brendan Rodgers' first signing at Liverpool, but could not settle in quickly at Liverpool due to breaking his foot in October and being out for the next three months.

It was not much better when he returned from injury when he dislocated his shoulder in February. After first assessment he was meant to be out for the rest of the season but managed to return against Newcastle in a 6-0 win and got on the scoresheet. In his first season at Liverpool he made twenty appearances but only managing two goals (one league goal), not a great return for so much money but as stated big injury problems.

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Sunderland loan move

Last season Borini managed to have a successful campaign at Sunderlandm where he kept the Black Cats in the Premier League by contributing seven goals in the league.

Borini was also a major part of Sunderland's brilliant run in the League Cup where they managed to reach the final but were eventually beaten by Manchester City.

Borini put Sunderland ahead and managed to add to his two other League Cup goals but it was not enough to stop the steamrolling side that is Manchester City.

Summer transfer window speculation

The former Italy Under-21 international had been subject to several bids from Sunderland and QPR this summer but, Borini rejected the moves to fight for his place at Liverpool.

Liverpool accepted a bid from Harry Redknapp's QPR on deadline day (unfortunately he was not hanging out of a car window) but Borini once again rejected the move and even tweeted: "Finally the madness is finished! I protected the MAN and the player that I am today, taking all the responsibility of the situation and for people who didn't want it. "I'm VERY happy with myself to have taken such an important decision!"

The 23-year-old does have the ability to become a regular at Anfield as he can play in several positions and the ability to penetrate many defences. It is yet to be seen if Borini can break into the Liverpool side but you have to admire his ambition to stay and fight for his place despite the competition.

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