Danny Mills has blasted former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge for “blowing his opportunity” after he was banned for four months for breaching betting rules. 

The former Leeds and Manchester City full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the decision was “sheer stupidity” from the 30-year-old.

Sturridge was fined £150,000 as well as being banned until June 18 after the commission found he informed his brother of a possible move to Sevilla during the 2018 January transfer window.

The ex-England international was originally given a two-week suspension and £75,000 fine but the FA appealed the verdict that they felt was too lenient.

“They clearly knew it was coming. He has been very foolish. You know the rules, they have been in place for a long time now.

“To tell your brother to bet on a possible move –  how much is it? You are thinking how much is his brother going to bet on that? I do not know the amounts but the risk. Sturridge will be on something like 70 grand a week. Was his brother going to make that in one bet?

“He has cost himself now, he is unattached and will have to train alone, again.

“Somebody might take a gamble on him come the new season but he has blown his opportunity through sheer stupidity.”

Sturridge had scored seven goals in 16 appearances for Trabzonspor this campaign but his contract was mutually terminated in wake of the news.

The striker scored 68 goals in 160 appearances during his time at Anfield before being released by the Champions League winners last summer.

In other Liverpool news, Paul Robinson has told Football Insider how the loss to Watford can benefit Jurgen Klopp’s side.