Borini: I could star for Liverpool

The Reds forward has been unable to break back into the starting XI since refusing a permanent move away this summer but believes that he could push for an Italy call-up

Liverpool forward Fabio Borini is confident that he can be prolific for the Reds if given the chance to start regularly by manager Brendan Rodgers.

The 23-year-old spent 2013-14 on loan at Sunderland, scoring 10 goals, and was widely expected to leave Anfield in the close-season, but he turned down the chance to join the Black Cats on a permanent basis while also reportedly rejecting an approach from QPR.

The Italian has made only three appearances so far this season after stating his wish to fight for a starting berth at Liverpool but retains a belief that he can impress and enhance his international prospects.

Asked about his goals for the season by the club’s official website, Borini replied: “Step by step, to get into the team as soon as possible and as much as possible.

“After that, I want to stay in the team, score goals and break my scoring record in the Premier League and perform. I haven’t changed my personality [since going out on loan] but I have improved my game.

“I can offer hard work in performances every week and goals, as I did in the past. For Sunderland, I did very well and scored important goals.

“I can do the same here; with better players around me, it could probably be easier and with better results. I want to get back in the national team as well because that’s a big aim.

“With a new manager [Antonio Conte], a new system and a new structure to the Italian national team, that can be a really good target for me, to get into the team and stay there as long as possible.”

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