Liverpool comfortably beat relegated QPR in Red’s legend Jamie Carragher’s final game for the club.
Carragher was given a Guard of Honor before the match, many in the stands knew that they were witnessing something very special. The Kop presenting Carragher with his initals and shirt number in a fantastic mosaic.
The hosts started like a house on fire, Coutinho’s header appeared to cross the line from a corner but his goal was denied. Liverpool were traditionally all possession, moving the ball from flank to flank. QPR seemed to be in for a long afternoon but they should of had a penalty in the first half when inspiration Loic Remy was fouled by Lucas but no penalty was awarded.
Brendon Rodgers gave a debut to 17 year old Jordon Ibe and the winger impressed setting up the goal in the 23rd minute. Ibe dancing into space before finding Coutinho who thrashed an unstoppable shot into the corner.
The man of the moment Jamie Carragher was in amongst it all, he tried to punch Coutinho’s cross in at the far post and luckily escaped a booking. Half time and the game which appeared evenly poised at 1-0, was very much Liverpool’s game.
The second half was quiet, QPR improved and had a few chances, Remy firing a shot just wide from 20 yards and Bobby Zamora failed to side-foot an effort goal-wards after Martin Skrtel couldn’t prevent the cross.
Liverpool who despite these chances were on top, Robert Green had to be on his toes to keep out deflected efforts from wingbacks Enrique and Glen Johnson. Jamie Carragher was encouraged to have a pop throughout the match and when he did it was spectacular. His 30 yard screamer mid way through the second half crashing off the post.
Liverpool’s dominant and impressive win over QPR completed a very consistent end to their season, it seems long ago since Luis Suarez was banned but Liverpool don’t seem to miss him one bit. Jamie Carragher was replaced towards the end but left the field to a standing oviation and thanked all the Liverpool fans for their support throughout his career after the game.
Football loses another great legend but Liverpool’s form towards the end of the season will give every Reds fan hope and confidence for next season.