Micky Quinn said on the Drivetime show on talkSPORT on Thursday evening that Daniel Sturridge should not start for Liverpool against Manchester City.
The England international striker has recovered from his injuries and is now fully fit.
Sturridge is available for selection for the Premier League game against City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening.
The former Chelsea man is one of the best strikers in the English top flight when he is on form.
Former Liverpool forward Quinn believes that Reds manager Jurgen Klopp should not include Sturridge in his starting lineup against City at the Etihad.
“I think Klopp should ease him back into the team,” added Quinn.
Sturridge, who scored 21 goals and created 29 chances in 29 Premier League matches during the 2013-14 campaign, featured in just 12 league games last season.
The 26-year-old England international has made three appearances in the Premier League so far this campaign, scoring two goals and creating three chances in the process.