Is there room at the Liverpool inn for Fabio Borini?

Liverpool forward Fabio Borini says he is aiming to return to Anfield at the end of this season.

The Italian forward is currently on loan at Sunderland for the rest of the campaign, as he looks to improve his first team experience and sharpen up his fitness this season.

He scored his first goal for the club last weekend and has made it clear that he’s looking to return to Anfield next summer and force his way into the side for the following season.

“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,” he told Rete Sport.

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The big obstacle for him is how on earth he is going to get back into the Liverpool first team.

Liverpool currently have an untouchable combination of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez leading their attack, a partnership which has produced 14 Premier League goals so far this season.

Behind that pairing sits Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto and any other attacking additions Brendan Rodgers makes to the squad this winter.

Borini is a very talented player and it’s encouraging that he’s showing some spirit and desire to get back into the first team at Anfield but his journey could be very long and very difficult.

If Liverpool finish in the top four this season, it’s unlikely that Suarez will leave the club next summer.

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That means Rodgers should have his ideal partnership retained heading into next season, with Borini taking a place as one of the many subs warming the bench for the club.

All he can do is work hard and getting close to a 20 goal tally at Sunderland this season.

Rodgers deserves a lot of credit for always showing his players in form that they will get a chance in Liverpool colours and Borini is no different.

He simply has to make it as difficult as possible for Rodgers to overlook him, then take his chance when he’s handed it next season to prove that he’s a better option than the other attacking talents at Liverpool.

Sunderland have not started the season well but Borini can definitely be a key figure, pushing them up the table towards mid-table safety over the rest of the season.

There is room for him at the inn but he’s going to have to work harder than he ever has done to try and get a chance with Liverpool.

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