Liverpool striker: I left a piece of my heart with former club...

Liverpool loanee Fabio Borini admits that he left a part of himself in the Italian capital, but maintains no regrets about his Anfield switch.

The ex-Chelsea man landed on Merseyside in the summer of 2012 following his breakout season at the professional level, having hit nine Serie A goals for a sputtering AS Roma side the preceding term.

Supporters were reticent to accept Borini’s move, the striker having been a fan favorite at the Stadio Olimpico despite press reports of disagreements with his team-mates and Reds supporters wary of splashing £10.5m on a player still seen as unproven.

Brendan Rodgers was too keen on bringing in his former charge from the Chelsea youth set-up and Swansea to be deterred, however, only for the youngster to struggle with injuries and inconsistency up his return to England.

Borini has since found his feet on loan at Sunderland and has previously spoken of ambitions to carve out a place in the Northern Irishman’s squad when temporary stint at the Stadium of Light expires.

But the Italy international has now taken time to reflect on his brief, yet successful, time with Roma - an experience he says left a profound impact on him.

“Indeed, if I talk to my girlfriend of Roma I get tears in my eyes,” he told Corriere dello Sport.

“It was the best year of my career, I left a piece of my heart there.”

Further on from his connection to the Giallorossi, Borini maintains that he made the right choice in joining Liverpool, believing the move to be necessary to advance his career.

“At the time, leaving [Roma] was the best solution,” he continued.

“I would be able to play for Liverpool, where Rodgers pressed hard for me and I felt it would be a step forward in my career.

“And the club [Roma] was amicable to completing the transfer.”

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