Premier League: Liverpool 1 QPR 0
By Football News
Jamie Carragher bowed out with a win as Liverpool ended the Premier League season with a 1-0 win 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 in 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.