FABIO BORINI has vowed to make up for lost time after making his long-awaited return to first-team action for Liverpool.
Borini emerged from the bench in last Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Manchester United to make his first appearance since suffering a fractured bone in his foot in October.
It was the third successive year the 21-year-old forward faced a lengthy autumn absence having suffered a serious injury.
Borini will now be in contention for the Premier League visit of Norwich City on Saturday.
And the Italy international said: “My Liverpool career is actually starting now, I think. I’d only played five league games and six or seven games in the Europa League (before the injury), which is not a lot.
“It really starts now with great intensity week in, week out to get playing again.
“It was extremely frustrating because in the last three years I have got injured for three months every year in October. That was the most frustrating thing because at the same time for the last three years, I’ve got an injury.
“I haven’t played a full season yet because of those injuries, but I hope they’ll stop [now]. It’s just been bad luck and nothing about me. They’ve been different injuries each time and not the same.”
Meanwhile, Daniel Sturridge has been backed to form a strike partnership with Luis Suarez – even if Brendan Rodgers keeps faith in his “false nine” formation.
Suarez spent much of the first half of the season as a lone striker, netting 19 goals in all competitions with 15 coming in the Premier League.