Carra enjoys winning farewell
Liverpool ensured Jamie Carragher ended his career on a winning
note after a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers at Anfield.
Philippe Coutinho scored the only goal of the game in the first
half with a superb strike to give Carragher a winning send-off
after an illustrious career at Anfield.
Carragher almost scored in the second half when his stunning
long-range effort came back off the post before being replaced late
on to a standing ovation from the home fans.
Liverpool started brightly and they felt they should have opened
the scoring after just two minutes through Coutinho. The Brazilian
got on the end of Stewart Downing’s corner at the far post and saw
his header kicked off the line by Michael Harriman, although it
appeared like the ball had crossed the line before the QPR
QPR had claims for a penalty waved away four minutes later when
Loic Remy went down in the box under pressure from Lucas, but
referee Martin Atkinson waved away their appeals.
Liverpool made the breakthrough on 23 minutes with a superb
long-range strike from Coutinho. Debutant Jordon Ibe teed up
Coutinho 25 yards from goal and he drilled in a brilliant low shot
into the bottom corner past Robert Green.
Remy went close for QPR on 35 minutes when he produced a smart
turn and shot from the edge of the box, with his left-footed effort
whistling just wide of the target.
Liverpool continued to call the tune early in the second half
and Jose Enrique saw his shot spilled by Robert Green, and seconds
later Ibe cut inside from the left and hit in a shot which drifted
just wide of the far post.
The home fans almost got the moment they came for just past the
hour mark when Carragher picked up the ball from fully 30 yards and
drilled a shot which smacked off the post with Green
Liverpool had further chances to score with Green saving well
from Enrique and Downing seeing a shot cleared off the line by
Carragher was then replaced by Sebastian Coates in the final
five minutes to a standing ovation from the crowd as he bowed out