City and Liverpool will face each other in the final of the League Cup at London’s Wembley Stadium later this month.
“We've waited a long time to see Sturridge in Liverpool's colours again and if I were City boss Manuel Pellegrini, I would be working on a plan to stop Coutinho getting the ball to Sturridge in the final at Wembley,” wrote Crooks on BBC Sport.
“Otherwise, Manchester City's hopes of winning the League Cup could be in the same predicament as their title hopes… falling apart.”
Crooks, who played for Tottenham and West Bromwich Albion among other clubs, made the comments following Liverpool’s 6-0 victory over Aston Villa away from home at Villa Park on Sunday afternoon.
Sturridge, who has suffered with injury problems this season, scored for the Reds in the 16th minute.
The 26-year-old former City and Chelsea striker took two shots, had a pass accuracy of 84%, put in one cross, and attempted one dribble during his time on the pitch.
Sturridge is a very good striker, and Liverpool fans will hope that he can remain fit for the rest of the season and beyond.