Liverpool striker Fabio Borini is hoping that he can truly start his career with the club, after returning from a foot injury.
The Italian signed for the Merseysiders over the summer in a £10.5m deal from Roma, but has been limited to just a handful of Premier League games so far.
Borini marked the end of his recovery by coming on as a second-half substitute in last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United, and is hopeful that he can finally prove his worth at Anfield:
“My Liverpool career is actually starting now, I think. I’d only played five league games and six or seven games in the Europa League (before the injury), which is not a lot,” he told the club’s official website.
“It really starts now with great intensity week in, week out to get playing again.”
The 21-year-old revealed that it has been frustrating to spend so long away from first-team action and that he is relieved to be back:
“It’s great to be back at Liverpool.
“When I was stood on the touchline, I felt good. All the memories of the last three months and the things I’ve been through went from my mind.
“I put all my worries and the bad things about the injury behind me, and looked forward to all the positive things on the pitch.”
Borini is currently enjoying his second stint in English football, after starting his professional career with Chelsea.
He then joined Swansea, under now Reds chief Brendan Rodgers, on loan in a bid to gain vital match experience.
However, he was unable to force his way into the Stamford Bridge club’s set-up and left to join Roma in 2011.
An impressive spell in Italy convinced Liverpool to swoop for his signature over the summer.