Fabio Borini's agent has claimed that the striker would have been better off staying at Roma rather than moving to Liverpool after he was sent out on loan to Sunderland earlier this summer.

Borini made the move to the Reds in the summer of 2012 as Brendan Rodgers settled in on Merseyside. The manager had worked with the Italian before at Swansea and insisted that he would be a great help for the squad's thin attacking line-up.

But injury hampered Borini's first season at Liverpool and it would appear that he is no longer in Rodgers' immediate plans after the manager sent him out to Sunderland on loan this season.

And now agent Marco De Marchi believes his client would have been better off staying at Roma rather than making the move to Liverpool as he looks ahead to a season full of uncertainty over his future.

"I think Fabio would have been the ideal player for [Zdenek] Zeman [Roma's former coach] last year," he told Radio Mana Mana. "But the decision was made to leave Roma. Of course, it all happened very quickly and there was no chance to talk with the coach.

"But having said that, I still think Roma would have been the right team for Fabio."

Liverpool signed forwards Victor Moses (on loan) and Iago Aspas in the summer transfer window meaning that if Borini comes back to the squad he will no doubt be faced with greater competition for a place in the side.

Borini's agent had claimed in April that the 22 year old was committed to Liverpool, amongst reports of interest from Fiorentina, but it would seem that Rodgers has now lost faith in the hitman to be an important member of the squad.

He has so far made one appearance for Sunderland in their 1-3 loss to Arsenal.