Liverpool striker Fabio Borini is happy to remain at Anfield for the time being, despite having spent a large chunk of this season on the sidelines.
The Italian arrived on Merseyside in 2012 but during his first season he failed to make an impression at the club.
The 23-year-old then spent a year on loan at Sunderland last term and had a successful spell at the Stadium of Light, scoring 10 goals and helping the Wearside club avoid relegation.
Out in the cold
Despite his good form, he arrived back at Liverpool unwanted by manager Brendan Rodgers. Offers from The Black Cats and QPR in the region of £14 million were accepted by the Reds, but Borini rejected a move away from the five time European champions and instead decided to fight for his place in Rodgers's starting XI.
Regardless of that though he has had little playing time during this campaign, starting just once in the Premier League during the 3-1 defeat to West Ham United, and making another appearance from the bench.
Nonetheless, Borini is pleased to remain in the North West and battle for a place at Anfield, as his agent confirmed.
Marco De Marchi, Borini's chief representative, said: "At this moment I am certainly not going to look for another club, as the boy is happy to remain at Liverpool.
"Let's not forget he left a journey he already started at Roma in order to come to England.
"He has managed to find some space playing in the Champions League and starting in the Premier League. Things are progressing as expected.
"Borini is a top-level player, so consequently he has a contract with Liverpool and any club interested knows how to approach them.
"Liverpool have no intention of loaning him out, as they already proved in August.
"We know that and so do all the clubs who came looking for him in the last transfer session.
"The situation is exactly the same as it was in September, in the sense that he is very happy to be part of this important team."
One can only take their hat off to Borini for being so willing to fight for his place at Anfield. He is surrounded by top class players at the moment with plenty of competition around him.
Brendan Rodgers spent over £100million on new recruits during the summer, including forward-men Mario Balotelli, Lazar Markovic and Rickie Lambert.
Despite having all of them to battle with though the former AS Roma man is confident in his abilities to becoming a regular on Merseyside. When you take a look at Liverpool's recent form up top, you'd have to say he has every chance.
Balotelli is yet to find the form he is capable of, having netted just once in eight appearances. Philippe Coutinho has also been off the boil so far this campaign and Markovic has not settled at all, despite the club splashing out £20million for the youngster.
Borini must be sitting on the bench and thinking he can make a real impact if he is given his chance in the near future.
Side-lined for longer
Unfortunately it seems likely that Borini will not break into Rodgers's side anytime soon.
Liverpool have been plagued with injuries to Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana in the early stages of the season. If Borini was going to get a call up by the Northern Irishman it would have been when attacking options were limited.
With the sickroom list shortening, now Lallana is back and Sturridge is set to return in the near future, it will only see him fall further down the pecking order. Balotelli has been poor during his short career at Anfield thus far, but Rodgers has persisted with Borini's fellow countryman leading the front line.
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