Liverpool stalwart Carragher bows out after Anfield farewell

Jamie Carragher has thanked the Anfield crowd after playing his final game for Liverpool, BBC Sport has reported, retiring following the Reds’ 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers in the final Premier League game of the season.

A Philippe Coutinho goal gave Liverpool the victory but Carragher was nearly on the score sheet as well, striking the post with a long-range effort, having scored on his home debut against Aston Villa in January 1997. He said: “ I scored on my debut 16 years ago and it would have been nice to finish that way, but it wasn’t to be.

It was a couple of inches out. I’m just getting the hang of shooting in my last game. It’s something that has come a bit late for me.

Carragher continued: “I’ve been playing here a long time and it’s sad to think I’ll never play at Anfield again in a competitive game. It has to come to an end at some stage and I’ve got some great memories.

The local-born defender ends his playing career with 737 appearances to his name in all competitions, second only to Ian Callaghan’s 857 in the list of Liverpool players. A former England international, Carragher picked up two winners’ medals in the FA Cup and three in the League Cup, as well as winning the Champions League, UEFA Cup and the European Super Cup, twice.

He added: “ It was important that I tried to stay focused on the game and not let it all catch up with me really and affect my performance. The important thing was to get a win and finish on a good performance, and that’s what we have managed to do.

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