FORMER Sunderland loanee Fabio Borini has reiterated his desire to make his mark at Liverpool, despite his sparse involvement so far this season.
Borini rejected Sunderland’s summer-long advances, along with a deadline day approach from QPR, to remain at Anfield, despite Liverpool accepting offers from both clubs for the Italian frontman.
But Borini has made just three first-team appearances since returning to Merseyside and has been an unused substitute for the four games since being handed his sole start against West Ham last month.
However, the 23-year-old retains the self-belief that he can be success at Liverpool after the upheaval of Sunderland’s well-publicised summer pursuit to bring him back to the Stadium of Light.
“It was difficult mentally to deal with the situation from one day to another (during the summer) but in my head it was clear that I wanted to stay here and fight for my place,” Borini told Sky Sports News today.
“That’s what I have always said in the past and what I have always wanted to do and I am showing it every day in training.
“I have been at Sunderland and done well, so I think this is the year to make my point to stay here.”
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has claimed it is too early to tell whether the Black Cats will make a fresh approach to land Borini in the January transfer window.
“I think we’ll monitor the situation, and it will depend on many things – how we are, how Fabio is, what we need, so we’ll see,” Poyet told the Echo last month.
But Borini’s agent, Marco de Marchi, backed up the words of the former Chelsea youngster last week, by claiming he is likely to remain at Anfield in January.
“At this moment I am certainly not going to look for another club, as the boy is happy to remain at Liverpool,” said de Marchi.
“The situation is exactly the same as it was in September, in the sense that he is very happy to be part of this important team.”