Sunderland's on-loan striker Fabio Borini is hoping to revive his Liverpool career and play an important role in improving the club's fortunes next season.

The Italian striker was troubled with injuries during his time at Anfield, restricting him to just five Premier League starts last season for the Merseyside club. This season, he enjoyed his season-long loan spell with the Wearside outfit, making 41 appearances in all competitions, scoring nine crucial goals in the process.

Liverpool are guaranteed a place in next season's Champions League as they will finish among the top three in the league table. Borini is hoping that Brendan Rodgers will give him an opportunity to prove his quality for the Reds next season, owing to his performances with a struggling Sunderland side.

"Liverpool need a bigger squad because you can't play four competitions with the same 11 players. But it is now down to the Liverpool point of view and their sporting director. It is not down to my words," Borini explained.

"It depends on what Liverpool say. I can say anything definite now because anything is possible. I have always thought I was a Premier League player. Liverpool wouldn't have bought me otherwise. The injuries I could not control. This season I was injury free and I've showed I can play," he said.

Borini was also instrumental in helping Gus Poyet's side knock Chelsea and Manchester United out of the Capital One Cup and also scored the opening goal against Manchester City in the final.

The former Swansea City striker also helped the Black Cats jostle out of the relegation zone. He netted three goals in the last four league matches to ensure Sunderland take maximum points and secure top-flight status for the upcoming campaign.

"I have enjoyed every second at Sunderland. It has been great from the fans, the city and everyone in the club. The love and friendship that they give me through the season has been incredible," Borini stressed.

"It has been a great season. It was a hard season and the hardest I've ever had because we have been constantly fighting, but this builds your character. It makes you a lot stronger. You learn how to suffer and how to get out of hard situations and that builds you and gets you ready for anything," he concluded.