Kop flop Borini head­ing for exit – if Suarez stays

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LIVER­POOL are ready to let Fabio Borini join Lazio – but only if Luis Suarez stays at An­field.

Italy striker Borini has strug­gled to make an im­pact since his £10.5mil­lion switch from Roma last sum­mer, scor­ing just once in the Pre­mier League in 13 games.

And Reds boss Bren­dan Rodgers is set to cut his losses on the 22-year-old and let him to re­turn to the Ital­ian cap­i­tal, with Lazio pre­pared to pay £6m.

Borini’s agent, Marco De Marchi, said: “At the mo­ment I can as­sure you that Borini is con­cen­trat­ing on do­ing well for Liver­pool to beat the com­pe­ti­tion for places in at­tack.

“Al­though I can con­firm that Lazio sport­ing di­rec­tor Igli Tare has al­ways been a fan of Fabio, I have not had any con­tact with Lazio.”

Cooled

Liver­pool will only do busi­ness with Lazio if they get a guar­an­tee from Suarez that he plans to stay at An­field.

The Uruguay striker has now joined the Aus­tralian leg of Liver­pool’s pre-sea­son tour, hav­ing spo­ken pre­vi­ously about his de­sire to leave the club.

Arse­nal are lin­ing up a £40m bid to test Kop re­solve to keep Suarez, al­though Real Madrid’s in­ter­est has cooled.

Rodgers says teenage star Ra­heem Ster­ling will roar back to top form af­ter fad­ing away in the sec­ond half of last sea­son.

“There was a nat­u­ral drop-off purely be­cause of the youth­ful­ness of him and also be­cause of the pres­sure of play­ing for Liver­pool and at the very top end of the game,” said Rodgers.

“He’s come back re­freshed, he looks so fit, he looks sharp – and I think he’ll play a big part for us again this sea­son.”

STRUG­GLED: Borini

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