Liverpool vs. Queens Park Rangers  1 - 0


Carragher´s final Liverpool appearance full of emotion

20 May 2013 10:12

Jamie Carragher was proud to end his Liverpool career with a victory over QPR on an emotional day at Anfield for the 35-year-old.

The defender made his 737th and final appearance for the club in their 1-0 victory on Sunday and admitted it was a proud and emotional day for him and his family.

Carragher was given a guard of honour before kick-off by players and officials from both sides, before Brendan Rodgers' side dominated the game and secured all three points thanks to Philippe Coutinho's third goal of the season.

"It was very emotional," Carragher said. "Especially for my friends and family in the stands who have been there to watch me all the time, but that's come to an end now unfortunately.

"I think the club is in good hands, we've had a good run in the second half of the season and hopefully can go from strength to strength.

"I wanted to say thank you to the supporters as that was important. It was a game we wanted to win and it was nice for my children to be involved.

"There wouldn't have been anything worse than going out with a defeat today or a poor performance that would have nagged away at me so it was just nice to keep a clean sheet and win the game."

The defender nearly capped his long career with the club with a stunning 35-yard strike in front of the Kop, but his strike crashed against the post, denying him the sixth goal for Liverpool.

"I can't believe it never went in," he added. "I scored on my debut fortunately 15, 16 years ago and it would have been nice to finish that way but it wasn't to be."


Premier League: Liverpool 1 QPR 0

19 May 2013 18:58

Jamie Carragher bowed out with a win as Liverpool ended the Premier League season with a victory over QPR at Anfield on Sunday.

The result consigns QPR to the bottom of the table after a miserable season that has yielded just four league victories.

Philippe Coutinho scored the only goal of the game in the first half, after good work by 17-year-old debutant Jordon Ibe.

There was almost a fairytale moment when the retiring Carragher thundered a 35-yard effort against the post after the break.

Carragher captained Liverpool in his final appearance before calling time on a career spanning 17 seasons. Jose Enrique returned to the starting XI, and Ibe came in for his first appearance.

QPR made three changes as 20-year-old Michael Harriman replaced Jose Bosingwa, while Shaun Derry and Park Ji-Sung replaced Jermaine Jenas and Junior Hoilett respectively.

The home side should have had the lead in the second minute when Coutinho met a Stewart Downing corner on the left-hand side of the box. His header was cleared by Bobby Zamora on the line, but replays suggested a goal should have been awarded.

Coutinho continued to cause the away side problems as he cut in from the left but his low goal-bound effort was deflected wide by Derry

But the Brazil international got his reward in the 23rd minute. Ibe found space on the left touchline, before cutting in and laying the ball to the 20-year-old who drove a low shot into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal from 25 yards.

QPR were seeing little of the ball, but could have equalised as Loic Remy fired into the side netting and Zamora jsut failed to get on the end of Armand Traore's cross with the goal gaping.

The second half continued as the first ended with Liverpool creating plenty of chances, including an Ibe effort from the left that went just beyond the far post.

Stewart Downing was the next to go close for the hosts, he burst inside two defenders on the right-hand side of the area but on his weaker foot could only drive into the side-netting.

Carragher was being urged to shoot on every occasion by the home side, he duly obliged in the 62nd minute when he hit a rasping 35-yard drive towards goal, only to see it cannon back off the right-hand post with Green well beaten.

Liverpool searched for a second, and came close when Downing's strike from the right-hand side was blocked by Traore with Green stranded.

The game was halted momentarily on 85 minutes, as Carragher departed play to a standing ovation from all four sides of the ground.

And the curtain closed on Liverpool's campaign, as they saw out the game with relative ease and will head into next season with an eight-game unbeaten run.


Premier League Preview: Liverpool v QPR

17 May 2013 11:03

Queens Park Rangers will bid farewell to the Premier League at Anfield when they visit Liverpool on Sunday.

The only achievement possible for Harry Redknapp's charges heading into the final day is a minor chance of escaping bottom spot - as a win over Brendan Rodgers' team, combined with a Reading loss to West Ham, would see them into 19th spot and avoid the dreaded last place.

It would be mere consolation, of course, given the body blow of relegation - confirmed three games ago when they drew with fellow Championship side-to-be Reading - will still be felt at Loftus Road for some time to come.

Liverpool can gain nothing from the season finale - nor can they suffer - in terms of table position, although they have a gilt-edged chance to finish the season on an eight-match unbeaten streak should they avoid defeat.

QPR, however, haven't won since their 3-1 home triumph over Sunderland - enduring six losses and two draws in their past eight in a dire finish to their campaign.

And one has to go back to 1991 for QPR's last victory in front of The Kop - and they have picked up just one point from a possible 18 at the Merseyside ground since.

Further damaging QPR's hopes of a last-gasp victory to send them down to the Championship with a glimmer of optimism are the recent allegations and eventual arrest of striker Loic Remy.

Remy joined the London club in January, and almost proved to be their saviour with six goals in his attempts to save Rangers from the drop.

But the Frenchman's future at the club now rests in the hands of Scotland Yard - who are holding Remy as investigations continue.

Joining Remy in QPR's list of unavailable players are Julio Cesar (back), DJ Campbell (metatarsal), Adel Taarabt (shoulder) and Shaun Wright-Phillips (ankle).

Sidelined for Liverpool are Luis Suarez (suspended), Daniel Agger (back), Joe Allen (shoulder), Steven Gerrard (shoulder), Martin Kelly (knee) and Raheem Sterling (hip).


Werner pays homage to ´extraordinary´ Carragher

15 May 2013 15:51

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has praised retiring defender Jamie Carragher ahead of his final game for the club against QPR on Sunday.

Carragher has spent his entire 17-year senior career at Anfield, making over 700 appearances and helping the club to a clutch of honours including their remarkable UEFA Champions League triumph over Milan in 2005.

However, the 35-year-old, who won 38 international caps for England, is set to round off an illustrious spell in professional football, but Werner stressed that there will always be opportunities for him to be involved in the set-up at Liverpool.

He told The Liverpool Echo: "The door will always be open for him here, to spend 16 years in the first team at Liverpool is testament to Jamie's professionalism. He really is an extraordinary person and a man of remarkable integrity.

"His love for the club is such that he has always put Liverpool first. In moments of adversity he's been there, lifting players around him. He gives everything and suffers for the team."

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry also expressed his admiration for the veteran centre-back, naming him among the top five defenders to have ever graced the Premier League.

Henry told Liverpool's official website: "When Carragher retires, it will be a sad day for any Liverpool fan and for anyone who likes the game.

"I have had incredible battles against him. I lost some and I won some but they were always fair and always hard. He's a competitor.

"For me, he will go down as one of the top five. If you talk about how long he has played for Liverpool and what he won there and what type of player he was, he will go down as one of the greatest in the history of the league."

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +43 89
2 38 +32 78
3 38 +36 75
4 38 +35 73
5 38 +20 72
6 38 +15 63
7 38 +28 61
8 38 -4 49
9 38 -4 46
10 38 -8 46
11 38 -17 44
12 38 -10 43
13 38 -11 42
14 38 -11 41
15 38 -22 41
16 38 -23 41
17 38 -13 39
18 38 -26 36
19 38 -30 28
20 38 -30 25
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