Liverpool misfit Fabio Borini has told Italian media that he wants to only play for a top club, and will fight for his place at Liverpool despite being Brendan Rodgers' fourth choice striker.
Borini went on loan to Sunderland last season, scoring ten goals, inspiring them to the Capital One Cup final while also helping them narrowly avoid relegation.
Borini returned to Liverpool after his loan spell, but was constantly linked to a permanent £14 million move back to the Stadium of Light, compounded by Liverpool splashing out on Southampton striker Rickie Lambert and Borini's compatriot Mario Balotelli, pushing the former AS Roma striker down the Anfield pecking order.
The Italian was linked to QPR as well as the Black Cats, but refused moves because he wanted to go on loan to prove his worth, and has now told GianlucaDiMarzio.com that staying at Liverpool, at least as his parent club, was one of his goals for the summer.
The 23-year-old said: “The transfer market was like a storm. In the summer, there was a lot of talk but now it has passed, I don’t have problems anymore.
"There have never been real problems, I know what my goals are and how I can reach them. Staying at Liverpool was one of them, I’m in a great team that tries to win every competition and that’s what I want.
Borini could potentially anger Sunderland fans though, after the striker who has one cap for his country suggested that he was 'at ease' at the Stadium of Light.
"Of course, there are excellent players here", he said, "but you can’t win all the competitions with weak ones. I want to turn the great competition into an advantage and improve day after day.
"I want to take back what I want and what I think I deserve, also in a top team. Not simply how I did on loan in the last years. I was at ease at Sunderland.
"I had an excellent season, we avoided relegation in an incredible way. I scored 10 goals, it’s never easy in Premier League. I want to prove myself at Liverpool too.”
Borini did quash any rumours that he wasn't happy at Rodgers, who brought him to Liverpool in 2012, as he was quoted as saying "With Rodgers I am very well, and I have a professional relationship with him."