Fabio Borini has insisted that he remains confident of a future at Liverpool after winning the Tyne-Wear derby for Sunderland at the weekend, according to The Guardian.

Italian Borini hit a rocket of a shot into the top corner late in Sunday's game against Newcastle to leave Tim Krul helpless and give both Sunderland and new manager Gus Poyet their first win of the season.

He came in for criticism at Liverpool following his £11m move from Roma the previous summer after only scoring one goal in thirteen games - but is optimistic of his long-term prospects with the Reds. 

"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," said Borini.

Borini was originally seen as an important player by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers upon his arrival from Serie 'A', but a combination of injuries, poor form and the signings of Daniel Sturridge and Phillipe Coutinho meant the 22-year-old's chances became limited on Merseyside.

Rodgers then further added to the squad with Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto - and while Borini is positive about his future at Anfield, his immediate focus is on pulling the Black Cats away from Premier League relegation trouble. 

"It was definitely important, not so much just for me but for the whole team," he continued.

"It came at a difficult time and to get out of that slump is very important. It feels fantastic."

Borini's winner against the Magpies was his first goal for Sunderland in five appearances for the club so far.

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