Former Liverpool player David Fairclough has questioned the "attitude and desire" of injury-prone forward Daniel Sturridge.
The crocked forward is yet to appear since Jurgen Klopp took over at Anfield and will miss Wednesday night's Capital One Cup clash with Bournemouth as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.
Sturridge has been plagued with injuries over the last 14 months and has had to deal with hip, thigh, calf and knee issues. He has been limited to 21 appearances in that period.
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And Fairclough, speaking to talkSPORT, questioned the England international's attitude.
He said: “Daniel has real star quality, but he has to work on his attitude and desire.
“Picking up these little knocks – surely from time to time they aren’t as bad as first feared?
“Maybe the medical team offers players excuses because the modern footballer would not have gone through the pain barrier like older players did.
“You do have to be careful, but sometimes you hope people show their grit and determination and put it aside to get out there.”
Having made his comeback in September following a five-month lay-off, Sturridge's latest injury is yet another setback for the forward who has undoubted quality.
He had scored two goals in three games before suffering the knee problem and he was expected to play a huge role under Klopp.
Of course, Liverpool will be wrapping the player in cotton wool to ensure he comes back as fit as possible, but his unreliability is proving a hindrance to the Anfield club.
When he is on the field he is arguably one of the best strikers in world football, however, those moments are few and far between for the former Chelsea man.
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