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Out-of-favour Borini included in Liverpool squad

ESPN staff
September 4, 2014
Fabio Borini rejected moves away from Anfield this summer and has been included in Liverpool's squad for the season © Getty Images

Fabio Borini has been included in Liverpool's Premier League squad for the current season despite questions over his long-term future at Anfield.

Liverpool this summer accepted separate bids from Sunderland and QPR for Borini, who spent most of last season on loan at the Stadium of Light.

But the striker rejected both chances to move away from Anfield, later tweeting: "Finally the madness is finished! I protected the MAN and the player that I am today, taking all the responsibility of the situation and for people who didn't want it.

"I'm VERY happy with myself to have taken such an important decision!"

Now Borini has been included in Liverpool's 25-man squad for the rest of the season, with clubs finalising their line-ups on Wednesday. The club were obliged to include Borini as he was still registered as a Liverpool player and had not moved elsewhere, while there was still space to include his name.

Tottenham left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto has not been so fortunate, with new manager Mauricio Pochettino leaving him out of the squad despite only naming 23 players on the list.

Assou-Ekotto spent last season on loan at QPR and was put up for sale this summer. But lacking a suitor, he is now set to miss out on first-team football altogether after being overlooked by Tottenham.

Clubs can register up to 25 players with the Premier League, of which no more than 17 can be non 'home-grown' players.

A home-grown player is one who, irrespective of nationality, has been registered with any club affiliated with the Football Association or Football Association of Wales for three full seasons, or 36 months, before his 21st birthday.

That means Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who has spent the last three years playing for La Liga giants Barcelona, counts as home-grown for his new club Chelsea, due to the fact he was trained as a teenager in the Arsenal academy.

There is no cap on the number of players under the age of 21 that Premier League clubs can register on top of the 25 in the senior squad, with both Liverpool and Manchester City registering 59 under-21s.

Click here for the full squad lists for every Premier League club.

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