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

defender’s intervention.

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

well-beaten.

Liverpool had further chances to score with Green saving well

from Enrique and Downing seeing a shot cleared off the line by

Armand Traore.

Carragher was then replaced by Sebastian Coates in the final

five minutes to a standing ovation from the crowd as he bowed out

in style.