Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has criticised Reds and England striker Daniel Sturridge in his column for the Sunday Times.
The former Scotland international, who won five League titles, three European cups and four League Cups during his time at Anfield, has said that the England international is missing one key characteristic to be successful.
“Sturridge has that quality, but what he does not have, and which all successful teams want, is a work ethic.”
The former Chelsea man has fallen out-of-favour under manager Jurgen Klopp this season, having to settle for a place on the bench most weeks due to the German’s fluid system which mainly utilises the wealth of attacking midfielders available to him.
“That explains why two big clubs, Manchester City and Chelsea, have let him go and why he is now not in the starting team at a third big club, Liverpool. There have been some good judges who have doubts about him,” added Souness.
The former Southampton manager continued, “Sturridge is 27 now and I would suggest he’s not going to fulfil his potential. He either cannot maintain physically, because of his well-documented injuries, or does not want to mentally put in the shift as a team player that Jurgen Klopp demands.”
Sturridge will be hoping to play a role when The Reds visit Souness’ former club at St. Mary’s on Saturday, hoping to wipe all memory of that 3-2 loss last season.