Fabio Borini, the Liverpool striker, says he is determined to resurrect his Anfield career after turning down a multi-million pound summer move.
Borini turned down both Sunderland and QPR, despite being told by manager Brendan Rodgers it was in his best interests to leave for regular football.
The 23-year-old wanted another loan deal and stood firm. Now he believes he can win back the manager’s favour and challenge Daniel Sturridge, Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert for a starting place and also force his way into the Italian squad.
Speaking to the website GianlucaDiMarzio.com, Borini said: “The transfer market was like a storm. Now it has passed, I don’t have problems anymore. In the summer, there was a lot of talk. There weren’t big misunderstandings, my wish is to play in a top club and Liverpool is a top club. There have never been real problems, I know what my goals are and how I can reach them. Staying at Liverpool was one of them. I’m in a great team that tries to win every competition and that’s what I want.
“If I stayed here, it’s because I thought I can play. It’s not out of thirst of greatness or to keep my spot here. I’m not like that. If I stayed at Liverpool it’s because I think I could compete. Of course, there are excellent players here, but you can’t win all the competitions with weak ones. I want to turn the great competition into an advantage and improve day after day.
“This year, I’d like to improve compared to what I’ve done in the past. So I want to score more than ten goals. And, especially, I want to be called up in the national team. I want to take back what I want and what I think I deserve, also in a top team. Not simply how I did on loan in the last years. I was at ease at Sunderland. I had an excellent season, we avoided relegation in an incredible way. I scored 10 goals, it’s never easy in Premier League. I want to prove myself at Liverpool too.”