On-loan Liverpool striker Fabio Borini was the toast of the terraces at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, after coming off the bench to net the Wear-Tyne derby winner for parent club Sunderland against Newcastle United, reports talkSPORT.
The 22-year-old opened his account in emphatic style, netting the deciding goal to give the Black Cats their first victory of the season, with a 2-1 win over the Magpies.
Borini's goal handed new manager Gus Poyet his first three points since succeeding Paolo Di Canio as Sunderland manager earlier this month, and also equalled his tally in 2012/13 during a disappointing debut season at Anfield.
A combination of injuries and poor form made for a frustrating start to the Italy international's Liverpool career, following his £11million move from AS Roma in July 2012.
The arrival of Daniel Sturridge the following January also pushed Borini further down the first-team pecking order, prompting Brendan Rodgers to allow the player he formerly worked with at Swansea and Chelsea to leave the Merseyside club on loan for the entire 2013/14 campaign.
Despite his current situation, Borini is confident that he still has a future at Anfield, and is hoping to rediscover his best form to put himself in contention for a place in the starting line-up next season.
"There has been a squad revolution there [at Liverpool] but the worst thing for me was getting injured when I was actually playing at the start of last season," he 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."
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