Brendan Rodgers signing helped convince Luis Suarez he had to leave Liverpool
Like all clubs, Liverpool have had their fair share of transfer flops over the years.
El Hadji Diouf, Christian Poulsen, Loris Karius, to name a few.
But on the list of those who've flopped most spectacularly, Fabio Borini probably doesn't rank among the very worst.
Yet it was the arrival of Italian forward Borini in 2012 which reportedly convinced star striker Luis Suarez his time at Anfield was up.
The Uruguayan had been signed by Liverpool just 18 months previous to fill the void left by the sale of club hero Fernando Torres.
However, as reports The Athletic , Suarez never actually expected Torres to be moved on before he completed his own switch, and became even more sceptical by some of Liverpool's later work in the transfer market.
After a dismal eighth-place finish in his first full season at the club, Suarez was keen to see Liverpool strengthen their options.
In had come Brendan Rodgers as manager to replace Kenny Dalglish, but his first two acquisitions divided Suarez's opinion.
The forward felt midfielder Joe Allen was a good signing, despite him not quite living up to Rodgers' 'Welsh Xavi' tag.
But Borini – now at AC Milan – never convinced Suarez he had the ability to really challenge for a place in the side – something he thrived on to get the best out of himself.
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It was Rodgers' previous relationship with Borini at Chelsea which had led to his signing, but rather than come in as a certified starter, he struggled to hold down a regular place.
For Suarez, in a crucial point in his career at 27 years old, it was enough for him to realise his trophy ambitions would be better served elsewhere as he questioned the strength of Liverpool's squad depth.
His frustrations boiled over on the pitch, with Suarez later admitting the fallout of his subsequent ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic made him "miserable" in England.
Even the arrivals of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho could not placate Suarez's desire for pastures new, as he sought exit amid Arsenal's infamous £40million plus £1 bid in 2013, which technically activated his release clause.
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Liverpool owner John Henry refused to budge though, with Suarez eventually staying put for another season, almost carrying the club to the Premier League title.
By this point Borini had been shipped out on loan to Sunderland, while an emerging talent by the name of Raheem Sterling had broken into Liverpool's first-team, which no doubt helped to appease Suarez a little.
He finally got his big-money move to Barcelona in the summer of 2014, which is probably just as well, as Borini rejected a permanent move to fight for his place on Merseyside.
Wonder what Suarez thought of Iago Aspas?
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