Liverpool bring in 1-0 victory over QPR, but finish below Everton
Liverpool ended their season in an emotional game against Queens Park Rangers. The Merseyside club won the game 1-0, but Jamie Carragher remained in the spotlight for the entire game. The former England defender was in the last game of his career after having decided to to hang up his boots at the end of the season.
A goal from Liverpool’s winter signing Philippe Coutinho paved the way for the Reds to grab a victory in their last game, although it didn’t help them topple archrivals Everton from sixth place.
Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers hailed Jamie Carragher for his services to Liverpool and believes he will be impossible replace in his squad.
“I don't think there are many about like that, I've got to be honest,” Brendan Rodgers said. “What he's got at this football club is unique. You have to find different ways. All great players, their time comes to an end. We've seen it here through the years. You look at Ian Rush when he went away and they brought in John Barnes and Peter Beardsley - and they brought something else.”
“We need to find a good one now to come in and support the group - and it certainly won't be easy. He's an incredible player and a real gentleman. You saw his performance today - his ambition was to go out at the top and he's going out as a top performer.
“He's played 16 Premier League games since he came back into the team and we've only lost one. He's been an absolutely colossal player and at 35 he's still fit and strong. It's with great sadness that he has to move on but we now have to.”
As Jamie Carragher’s arrived at its end, it was just the beginning of Jordan Ibe’s career under a red jersey. The 17-year-old instantly became a star by providing an assist for Liverpool’s lone goal.
“I thought he did very well,” Brendan Rodgers added. “It's not easy playing at Anfield, his first game here for the first team. As the game went on he became better and better. He's got real potential and you can see he's a footballer. He linked up very well with young Coutinho and made some good passes and got some shots off. For all the young players, hopefully they'll see from this season that there's hope for them here - that they'll get an opportunity.”