LIVERPOOL boss Brendan Rodgers says Sunderland target Fabio Borini would benefit from leaving Anfield before Monday’s transfer deadline.
Sunderland have been chasing Borini for the whole of the summer after the Italian netted 10 goals during his season-long loan at the Stadium of Light last year.
But after Sunderland’s £14million offer was accepted by Liverpool last month, the Black Cats’ pursuit has dragged on and on, with a loan approach now on the table, rather than a permanent switch.
Gus Poyet has remained confident throughout the window that Sunderland would eventually re-sign Borini, but there is little optimism at the Stadium of Light now that the 23-year-old will return.
Sunderland have turned their attentions to a loan move for Inter Milan’s Ricky Alvarez and although Poyet is open to signing Borini as well, the Liverpool man needs to make a decision on whether he is willing to join the Wearsiders this weekend.
But Rodgers has left no room for doubt over what Borini should do after encouraging the former Chelsea youngster to join Sunderland.
“I think Fabio’s situation is clear,” said Rodgers.
“All the players who there have been doubts about know exactly where they are at.
“Fabio has got a move there to Sunderland which has been ongoing for a number of weeks. He knows where he stands in terms of his position here at Liverpool.
“For him, it’s best to move on and get playing regularly. But that’s something he has to decide”
Should Borini remain at Liverpool after Monday, he will not be left out in the cold, with Rodgers still planning to use him as a squad player.
But he will be fourth in the pecking order, with England duo Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert, along with £16million new signing Mario Balotelli, all ahead of him.
Rodgers added: “We will have the types of strikers that I want in Balotelli, Sturridge and Lambert.
“Rickie has already showed his worth. He was brought in to come on and affect games and he’s done that for the last two games.
“For Fabio, he will want to play I’m sure. He’s a good kid whose opportunities here been limited. We will see how that develops.”