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Ex-Liverpool striker REFUSES to shoulder any blame for nightmare spell with Merseyside outfit

Former Liverpool striker Fabio Borini insists his failure to hold down a regular place on Merseyside was not entirely his fault, Star Sport reports.

The Italian forward completed his move to fellow Premier League side Sunderland before the transfer window closed last month after being left out of the Reds’ match-day squads for the first four games of the new season.

The switch to the Stadium of Light, where he enjoyed a successful loan spell during the 2013-14 campaign, ended a nightmare spell for Borini at Anfield as he could only muster two league goals in a total of 25 league appearances for the club.

The 24-year-old was Brendan Rodgers’ first signing when he was appointed manager in the summer of 2012, but Borini appeared to take a swipe at his former boss with comments in the media:

“It was very difficult [at Liverpool],” the Italian revealed.

“It didn’t work out. Not because of me, but because of someone else.”

“Everyone knows within the club and outside that I have been working hard.”

“I gave everything for the club. That is why I stayed at Liverpool, because I thought I could help the team.”

“Every time I have been asked to play I did that, and that’s the thing,” Borini added.

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Borini could make his second debut for the Black Cats on Sunday afternoon as the hosts look to record their first league victory of the season against Tottenham Hotspur.

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