LIVERPOOL boss Brendan Rodgers insists Fabio Borini will not be frozen out of his plans at Anfield.
But Borini’s position in the Liverpool pecking order has been made clear to him, with the Italian expected to be confined to a fringe role in Rodgers’ plans.
Liverpool were prepared to offload Borini this summer after accepting Sunderland’s £14million bid in July, before similarly sanctioning the Italian’s exit to QPR on transfer deadline day.
But Borini rejected both approaches - essentially pricing himself out of a move with his wage demands - and remains in Liverpool’s ranks until at least the January window.
Rodgers will not hold that against Borini, yet has told Sunderland’s Young Player of the Year last season what to expect in terms of playing opportunities with Liverpool.
“Fabio is still a player at the club,” said Rodgers.
“He didn’t move on. He’s a squad player.
“His best interests was to go and maybe get game time elsewhere. But he’s decided not to go. He has his own reasons for it.
“He’s working with the group and there is no change. That’s where it’s at.
“I have ensured that he knows exactly the situation. No player can ever come knocking on the door and wondering why they aren’t playing.”