Liverpool 1-0 QPR: Premier League match report

Philippe Coutinho scored the only goal for Liverpool against QPR to help Jamie Carragher end his Anfield career on a […]

Philippe Coutinho scored the only goal for Liverpool against QPR to help Jamie Carragher end his Anfield career on a victorious note.

Liverpool gave retiring stalwart Jamie Carragher a fitting send off by beating the Premier League’s bottom club QPR 1-0 at an emotional Anfield on Sunday.

The game brought down the curtain on the 35-year-old defender’s illustrious career, and he was afforded a guard of honour from both sets of teams before being handed a memento from the opposition’s Liverpool-born captain Clint Hill.

Supporters on the Kop created a mosaic in tribute to the popular defender, who played 38 times for England and was making his 737th and final appearance for his only club.

Carragher, who will become a television pundit next season, was urged to shoot whenever he had possession in the opposition half and almost crowned the perfect day with a long-range shot that hit a post in the second half.

But the home team had to be content with a first-half goal from Philippe Coutinho to ensure their season ended on a winning note.

Liverpool were already guaranteed to finish seventh in manager Brendan Rodgers’ first season thanks to an unbeaten run of eight games since March 16.

QPR, by contrast, had long known they would be relegated to the Championship after two seasons, despite significant investment under manager Harry Redknapp.

Only an error from the officials prevented the home team from making a dream start on Sunday.

Coutinho’s fine diving header from a Stewart Downing’s corner in the second minute was over the line before QPR defender Michael Harriman hacked clear.

Television replays confirmed the crowd’s suspicion but neither referee Martin Atkinson nor his linesman had a clear enough view to award the goal.

The celebration of Carragher’s career inevitably lent an end-of-season air to the game.

1But Jordan Henderson was booked after just seven minutes for upending Park Ji-Sung as a reminder that three points were still at stake.

Coutinho, one of the January signings that lifted Liverpool’s season, went close again with a run and shot that was deflected past a post by a defender.

The Brazilian, who joined in a £8million deal from Inter Milan, eventually found the net after 22 minutes with a precise low drive from 30 yards which creeped just inside goalkeeper Robert Green’s right-hand post.

The referee appeared to be caught up in the mood after he failed to caution Carragher for a glaring handball during an aerial clash with Green.

QPR, with only three League wins in a sorry campaign, offered little by way of attacking threat, although an elusive Armande Traore cross caused concern before Jose Enrique tidied up.

Downing showed a fine burst of pace to break into the penalty area and shot against the outside of a post as Liverpool looked to seal the result on the hour.

The sell-out 44,792 Anfield crowd’s wishes almost came true on 61 minutes when Carragher unleashed a fine shot from 30 yards that rebounded off a post with Green well beaten.

As it was, they had to be content with the long, standing ovation he was given when being replaced by Sebastian Coates in the 85th minute.

Related Stories

Gunners wanted German superstar… SEE MORE: Mesut Ozil’s Girlfriend: Mandy Capristo Image Gallery Arsenal were desperate to sign Marco Reus […]

Arsenal were desperate to sign Marco Reus before injury, claims respected journalist

Swansea could be pressured into selling Bony by a Champions League club. The Metro reports that Liverpool could yet land […]

Liverpool move ahead of Tottenham in pursuit of Premier League hitman

Liverpool are being linked with the world class German forward. The Daily Mirror reports that German star forward Marco Reus […]

Liverpool and Manchester United on alert after Marco Reus rejects new contract

Ten transfer deals that we expect go through in the near future. 10) Keylor Navas (Levante to Real Madrid) A […]

Ten transfers set to be completed in the next 48 hours, with Liverpool & Chelsea signings

Premier League rivals fight it out for Falcao. Read more Chelsea transfer rumours. Bitter Premier League rivals Chelsea and Liverpool […]

Chelsea And Liverpool Competing For World Class Striker

Premier League giants set to duel for the capture of Ezequiel Lavezzi. Read more Chelsea transfer rumours. Two Premier League […]

Liverpool ready to battle Chelsea for huge £18m signing

Ten strikers Liverpool could move for now that Loic Remy will not be joining. Check in to Liverpool vs Southampton […]

Ten strikers Liverpool could target now Loic Remy deal has collapsed

Reds want another left footed centre-back! SEE MORE: FIFA 2015 Player Ratings Revealed. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is on the […]

Liverpool bizarrely want to sign Arsenal defender this summer

Karim Benzema turned down Liverpool’s offer as he felt that the Anfield club were too small for him… SEE MORE: […]

Karim Benzema disrespects Liverpool, by refusing to move to ‘small club’

Mark Wright says fee was excessive for Saints’ one season star… SEE MORE: FIFA 2015 Player Ratings Revealed. Liverpool may […]

Liverpool legend claims the £20m paid for Dejan Lovren is ridiculous