Belfast Telegraph

Biting Back: Suarez wins new Liverpool contract but he has lost role model status

With Graham Luney

Sports fans have stood up to applaud the dignity, respect and pride displayed by athletes in the London Olympics.

Meanwhile in football, Liverpool have handed a bumper long-term contract to Luis Suarez.

It’s impossible to escape the irony that the Merseysiders are showing little desire to hold onto striker Andy Carroll while pulling out all the stops to keep the Uruguayan at Anfield.

Even his boss, Brendan Rodgers, has conceded he has concerns about the 25-year-old, telling him to “move on” from the Patrice Evra controversy. Suarez has lost role model status.

He received an eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Evra and Liverpool’s attempts to stand by their man only brought embarrassment to the club.

The sorry episode also ended up casting Kenny Dalglish in a negative spotlight before time ran out for the Scot in the Anfield hotseat.

What has Carroll done wrong? But it’s Suarez who has trebled his wages to become one of the club's highest paid players on £100,000 per week.

Liverpool may reap what they sow.

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