Fabio Borini reminded Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers that he can still be a threat when he scored the only goal for Italy Under-21's as they secured an impressive 1-0 win over Germany on Wednesday night.

The 21-year-old only recently returned to full fitness after suffering a broken foot and missing nearly three months of action. He appeared as a substitute on January 9 as Liverpool lost to Manchester United but has struggled to regain his place in the first team.

Fabio Borini
Fabio Borini has yet to score a Premier league goal for Liverpool and has lost his place to Daniel Sturridge [Reuters]

Borini did start the season as first choice alongside Luis Suarez but since the arrival of Daniel Sturridge in the January transfer window he has found himself limited to a place on the sub's bench.

However, he was picked from the start for Italy and gave an encouraging performance as Italy secured a win over Germany for the first time ever at Under-21 level.

Borini went close to opening the scoring in the first half when Lorenzo Insigni found the Liverpool forward in space inside the box but his shot was charged down by German goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

Just before the hour mark it was the former Chelsea hitman that managed to break the deadlock after more good work on the left from Insigne who squared the ball and Borini was there to tap the ball home.

Borini will now be hoping that he build on his impressive showing when he pulls on a Liverpool shirt as he is yet to score in the Premier League, and has just one goal to his name in his 14 appearances in all competitions.

The former Roma striker is a favourite of Rodgers, having previously worked with the Liverpool boss while coming through the Chelsea academy, and while on a loan spell with Swansea back in 2011.