The Italian striker completed his season-long switch to the Stadium of Light on deadline day, where he will work under compatriot Paolo Di Canio.
Borini only arrived at Anfield last summer in a £10m move form from Roma, but has struggled to cement a spot in the Merseysiders’ starting XI due, in part, to injuries.
Rodgers says that the 22-year-old has been loaned out to play regular football, which may have been in short supply had he stayed with Liverpool.
“It’s just to get games,” Rodgers told Sky Sports.
“He had a stop-start season last year with his injuries and I just felt this year he needed to go and play football.
“With Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez, Iago Aspas and some of the other attacking players, that might have been limited.
“I have a real belief in Fabio – he is a talent and we’ve seen that on occasions, but he needs to be playing regularly to demonstrate that talent.”
Borini was expected to stay with the Reds to help them with their push for Champions League qualification, but the arrival of Victor Moses – also a loan deal – from Chelsea convinced Rodgers to send the youngster out to secure regular action.
The ex-Swansea forward struck one goal in a disappointing debut season at Anfield.
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