Jamie Carragher says that Fabio Borini’s decision to stay at Liverpool was a ‘strange’ one.
Borini had been targeted by QPR and Sunderland over the course of the transfer window, but he opted to remain at Anfield and fight for his place in the Reds' starting line-up.
Doing so looks a tough task, though, as there is a lot of competition for places at the Merseyside club.
Borini made a good impression at Sunderland last season, but he arguably doesn’t posses the quality to start in a side chasing the title and with Liverpool’s added squad depth his chances of breaking through look limited.
The Reds have brought in a number of new signings over the summer to allow them to compete in both the Premier League and European competition and, as a result, Borini appears firmly out of first team contention.
It, therefore, has surprised Carragher that he has remained at last season's runners-up and he took to Twitter this morning to say he doesn’t like players who stick around despite not having potential playing opportunities.
“Strange [that Borini stayed] but obviously has his reasons,” he posted on the social media site. “Not a fan of players in general who accept not playing regularly.”
.@MonoKNE Strange but obviously has his reasons. Not a fan of players in general who accept not playing regularly.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) September 3, 2014
Borini could have been a main man at either Sunderland or QPR, but he rejected both of the Premier League duos’ advances.
The two teams had agreed a fee with Liverpool, thought to be around £13 million, for his services, but they could not reach an agreement with the player himself.
Borini actually tweeted that his decision was in the interests of his development when any prospective transfer fell through.
“Finally, the madness is finished,” Borini wrote on Twitter. “I protected the man and the player that I am today. I am very happy with myself to have taken such an important decision.”
Even so, reports in the Telegraph today suggest that he could be frozen out by Brendan Rodgers are already emerging and that could have damaging effects on a player who is still only 23-years-old.
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