Fabio Borini says he has not given up hope of succeeding at Liverpool once his Sunderland loan spell ends.
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The Italian striker, 22, joined the Black Cats for the rest of the season on Sept. 2.
And he came on as a substitute to grab a late winner -- his first Sunderland goal -- as Newcastle were beaten 2-1 in the Wear-Tyne derby at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
Borini struggled to make an impact at Anfield following a 10.5 million pound move from Roma in July 2012.
He made only five league starts last term as he was ruled out for three months from late September with a broken foot, then missed another two-and-a-half months with a dislocated shoulder sustained in mid-February.
Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are firmly established as Liverpool’s first-choice strike-force, but Borini believes he can make it at Anfield in the long-term.
He told the Liverpool Echo: "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.
"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."