By Harvey Byrne

Graeme Souness believes has stated the one thing Liverpool forward Daneil Sturridge is missing from his game is work ethic.

The 27-year-old England international has found himself out of favour at the Reds this season under manager Jurgen Klopp.

He has played in just 10 fixtures for Liverpool this season scoring four goals, with all coming in the EFL Cup and the German manager is known for his high-intensity tactics.

However, Souness believes that the reason he was  allowed to leave Manchester City and Chelsea was because of his lack of work ethic and why he is not in the Reds starting line-up.

“As we saw with his goal, Sturridge has that quality, but what he does not have, and which all successful teams want, is a work ethic,” wrote Souness in his column for The Times. “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. He signed for all three before his 24th birthday, so there have been some good judges who have doubts about him.

“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. Liverpool’s manager sees him as substitute, a get-out-of-jail card who comes on with 20 minutes left. You would put him in ahead of Roberto Firmino for quality, there’s no argument, but the Brazilian works harder.”

Liverpool have not struggled without the goal threat of Sturridge in their side either and have scored and impressive 30 goals from 11 fixtures, with the highest goal tally in England’s top flight.

They are also sat at the top of the Premier League with eight wins, two draws and one loss coming from their opening encounters.

They will travel to St Marys to face Southampton after the international break, as they look to extend their one point lead over second placed Chelsea.

In other Liverpool news, this defender made his comeback in the 5-0 victory over Accrington Stanley.