Is There a Future at Liverpool for Loanees Assaidi, Suso and Borini?

Matt LadsonFeatured ColumnistDecember 31, 2013

Borini scored his first Premier League goal at Newcastle last season.
Borini scored his first Premier League goal at Newcastle last season.Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Liverpool currently have 13 players out on loan at various clubs around England and Europe.

The high-profile, somewhat controversial decision to loan out Pepe Reina has now been accepted by most supporters as being a progressive move, and the Spaniard is unlikely to return to Anfield to resume his Liverpool career.

The futures of others, such as the host of youngsters like Conor Coady (Sheffield United), Jack Robinson (Blackpool) and Andre Wisdom (Derby County), are less certain and dependent upon how they progress given the chance to play regular football.

Then there are the more established players who have been loaned out in order to play regular first-team football, something Liverpool could not offer due to not being in European competition this season.

Namely, the trio of Oussama Assaidi, Suso and Fabio Borini, who combined made 53 appearances for Liverpool last season.

But without Europa League action this season, all three of those players would have found themselves firmly on the periphery at Anfield—their loan moves have allowed them to get plenty of regular action. But do any of them have a future back on Merseyside?

 

Suso

VALENCIA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 30:  Suso of Almeria in action during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and UD Almeria at Estadio Mestalla on October 30, 2013 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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The silky Spaniard is clearly talented and is impressing on his loan at La Liga side Almeria. The 20-year-old has five assists and two goals in 15 appearances.

Suso has been playing on the right of the three midfielders behind the forward at Almeria and is getting good experience, which will help his development. "When you see yourself playing against Real Madrid and Barcelona, and other teams, you can see they are really good, really focused on the game, and running and working all of the time," he told the official Liverpool website recently.

Asked about his future, Suso said he hoped to "come back to Liverpool stronger" following the loan spell.

Suso will certainly face competition in the area he occupies if and when he does return to Liverpool—especially if Brendan Rodgers makes the additions he desires this January.

The problem for Suso is that his position is difficult to identify exactly, and the question of whether he has the physical attributes to play in a deeper, or more central, role in the Premier League. Therefore, a wider position in a front three, a la Philippe Coutinho lately, seems more likely.

The problem then becomes the competition from the likes of Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and even Jordon Ibe.

Hopefully Suso does have a future at Liverpool as he is clearly a talented player, but it's not entirely certain at this point.

 

Fabio Borini

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17:  Fabio Borini of Sunderland celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Capital One Cup Quarter-Final match between Sunderland and Chelsea  at Stadium of Light on December 17, 2013 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo
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The Italian forward struggled in his opening season at Anfield, but that was largely due to niggling injuries interrupting his form. Toward the end of the season as he came back from injury, he made some cameo appearances on the left side of the attack and looked good.

Borini's loan made sense, but hindsight can prove wonderfulmany Liverpool supporters now would prefer to have him rather than Victor Moses as the Reds' back-up forward.

Whether Borini has a future at Liverpool is again difficult to judge; Rodgers clearly rates him, but will the Italian ever establish himself as a first-choice player? Unlikely.

So if he has a future it will be short-term as a squad player, before eventually moving to fulfil his potential elsewhere.

 

Oussama Assaidi

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07:  Oussama Assaidi of Stoke celebrates with teammate Wilson Palacios after scoring his team's third and matchwinning goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Chelsea at Britannia Stadium on
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The Moroccan's arrival at Anfield was completely out of the blue, a complete unknown, and despite some fleeting appearances in the Carling Cup, he did not ever seem a part of Rodgers' plans. Some supporters have questioned whether Rodgers even wanted the player.

Was he given a fair crack last season? Possibly not.

But a loan makes perfect sense for all three parties this season; Liverpool would have been confident he would perform at Stoke and therefore will be more likely to receive a decent transfer fee for him next summer.

It's very difficult to see him having a future at Liverpool, especially with the way Rodgers' squad is developing.

The Reds paid in the region of £2.5 million for Assaidi, and they will surely recover a similar amount or more.