Borini still hopeful of Liverpool future

Fabio Borini has not given up hope of returning to Liverpool and winning a place in manager Brendan Rodgers’ squad, ESPN has reported.

Borini is currently on loan at Sunderland and scored the winning goal in Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby with Newcastle, his first for the Black Cats since joining for the season over the summer.

The Italian made a £10.5m move to Anfield from Roma a year ago but injuries limited his impact at the Reds, with Borini breaking his foot in September and then dislocating his shoulder in February. All told, he was limited to just 20 appearances for Liverpool, with six of those coming in the Europa League.

But having returned to full fitness, Borini contends he can prove his worth to Rodgers, despite the strong start to the season made by Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool’s first-choice strike partnership.

There has been a squad revolution there but the worst thing for me was getting injured when I was actually playing at the start of last season,” Borini said. “I remain a Liverpool player, I’m on loan because there wasn’t space for me and after a year of injuries I needed to get my confidence back, to play some games. But my roots are still there.

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