Against all odds, Fabio Borini is still a Liverpool player after the summer transfer window closed yesterday.
During the course of the summer Liverpool had accepted two transfer bids from Sunderland (worth £14 million) and latterly from QPR (worth £10 million - £13 million after add-ons).
Given Borini had been demoted to fourth choice striker, it was widely assumed he would depart to Sunderland (where he had a successful loan spell last season) or QPR (where he would have received a substantial pay increase and would have been the number striker).
Indeed, the £52,000 a week QPR allegedly offered Borini is a massive improvement on his Liverpool wages. Nonetheless, Borini was allegedly holding out for a massive £90,000 a week deal - a fee QPR were quite understandably unwilling to pay.
Harry Redknapp spoke publicly about the breakdown of the deal: "We tried with Fabio Borini. We agreed a deal with Liverpool and everything was sorted with the club but we just couldn't agree terms with the boy," he told talkSPORT.
"We couldn't get anywhere near [the wages] he was asking for.
"His wages were way, way, way out of reach. Believe me, they were big wages. We just couldn't get near him."
With Borini's wages so astronomical in relativity to his talents, there are only two reasons to justify his actions:
1) He has Nicklas Bendtner-esque delusions of grandeur when it comes to assessing his worth in football
2) He wants to stay and fight for his place in a Liverpool team aiming for the Premier League
Based on the above it should be clear Borini wishes to fight for his place in the Liverpool squad and only demanded wages that high to ward off potential suitors.
Despite signing for Liverpool three years ago, Borini has only played 13 Premier League games, scoring only once as injuries curtailed his first season as Liverpool finished 7th.
On the back of that, he was sent out on loan to Sunderland and largely impressed, scoring 7 goals in 32 appearances. However, as he was in a team floundering near the bottom and struggling to create chances, Liverpool had a fantastic season as they outscored everyone to finish second,
Considering Borini has succeeded in a Brendan Rodgers side before - he scored 6 in 9 Championship games for Swansea City; had a decent spell for Roma the following season, scoring 9 in 24 Serie A games and has been capped by Italy before, Borini has every right to believe he can perform well for Liverpool given the opportunity - something he has not been given yet.
The easy thing for Borini would have been to accept he is not a Liverpool standard player, earn more money and step a level down (from which he is unlikely to get back up to) playing for sides who aspire nothing more than to survive.
The negative for Liverpool football club is they were so close to selling a player who has so far flopped - and for a profit. Liverpool will never see bids of £14 million for Borini ever again, but what they are gaining is a player who is desperate to perform at the highest level and will bust a gut to do so.
Liverpool fans angry Borini hasn't left will do well to remember Jordan Henderson in 2012 and contrast that to the vice-captain material midfielder that plays for them in 2014.
Borini has recently released a few tweets regarding the fiasco: