Former Liverpool star Graeme Souness believes Daniel Sturridge will be ‘angry with himself’ when he retires.
The Scot, who won five top-flight titles with the Reds between 1978 and 1984, has also questioned the 29-year-old’s attitude.
Sturridge’s career has been plagued by injury and the striker is likely to leave Liverpool when his contract expires on June 30 after starting just four Premier League games this season.
He has played second fiddle to Roberto Firmino for most of Jurgen Klopp’s spell as Reds boss.
Souness told Sky Sports: “He’s one of those boys who’ll finish his career, look back and think ‘I didn’t make the most of what God gave me’.
“I think he’s wonderfully talented. Great touch. When you have someone like him, so much ability, on a daily basis in training, you’d think ‘why can’t he have a pint of energy on matchdays?’
“I’d have him in front of [Divock] Origi, but I’m not saying he’s someone you can trust.
“That boy should be one of the first names on the team sheet, for England as well, but his career’s going to pass him by.
“He’ll never fulfil the potential he has. He’s been given a God-given talent that few have, but he doesn’t apply himself properly.”
Sturridge has deputised for the injured Firmino in Liverpool’s latest wins over Huddersfield and Newcastle.
He failed to score in both games, but his clever back-heel led to Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross, which Mohamed Salah volleyed past Martin Dubravka on Saturday.
LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS
When are the League One play-offs? Fixture dates and kick-off times confirmed
Manchester United legend ‘recommends’ Norwich starlet to Old Trafford chiefs
Derby vs West Brom live on talkSPORT 2: Full commentary and free stream
Referee was 'right not to send off' Trent Alexander-Arnold for deliberate handball
'Pochettino would win the title at Man City or Liverpool' – Ex-West Ham ace says
Huddersfield vs Man United: Kick-off time, TV and live stream, talkSPORT coverage
Is Chelsea vs Watford on TV? Kick-off time, live stream, talkSPORT coverage, line-ups
Chelsea facing battle to keep hold of N'Golo Kante this summer
Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool can do no more to win Premier League title
fears for mo
Liverpool rocked by news star man is set to miss Barcelona test
Souness has suggested the former Chelsea forward’s warm-up routine could be a cause of his injury problems.
He added: “I watched a game a few years ago, going through the motions in a warm-up – no wonder you get injured when you come on as a sub.
“I might be wrong, he might be a demon in training, but he’s a man who’s got so much ability, he’ll finish his career and be angry with himself.”