The Italian international completed a season-long loan switch to the Stadium of Light over the summer, with first-team chances likely to have been limited for the forward at Anfield.
Despite being one of Brendan Rodgers’ first big buys in 2012 and a player that the Northern Irishman had previously worked with, Borini failed to make himself a first-team regular in an injury ravaged debut season with the Reds.
He returned briefly at the end of 2012/13, but was unable to make a lasting impact to put himself ahead of either Daniel Sturridge or Luis Suarez.
Now Borini – who netted a fantastic winning goal in Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby – is focusing on finding his form ahead of a return to Liverpool.
“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 told Rete Sport.
“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.”
The 22-year-old moved to Sunderland under Paolo Di Canio, but is expected to feature regularly for new boss Gus Poyet.
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