Fabio Borini insists he has not given up on his Liverpool FC career.

The on-loan Italian striker was Sunderland’s derby day match-winner when he came off the bench to score the decisive goal in Sunday’s 2-1 success over Newcastle - his first strike for the Black Cats.

That matches his Premier League tally for the Reds, where he spent an injury-ravaged first season having arrived in a £10million deal from Roma.

With Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge Liverpool’s established strikeforce, Brendan Rodgers opted to send Borini to the North East in order to gain experience but the 22-year-old hopes to return.

“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.”

His immediate focus is with Sunderland, though, and victory over the Magpies lifted them off the bottom of the table with a first win of the campaign.