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Carragher admits farewell was 'emotional'

LIVERPOOL defender Jamie Carragher admitted he had an emotional afternoon yesterday after playing his last match for the club at Anfield before retirement.

Philippe Coutinho's 23rd-minute goal settled the encounter against relegated QPR but all the attention was on the veteran centre-back on his 737th and final appearance.

He almost capped it with a superb goal – he scored on his full debut in front of the Kop – but his sweetly-struck 25-yard shot cannoned back off the post.

"I'll have to watch it again – I thought it was in," said the 35-year-old.

"I'm not the type to get too emotional but it is emotional.

"I've got my friends and family in the stands but I just wanted to concentrate on the game.

"We got the win that we wanted and I can go and enjoy myself now."

He added: "It was a special send-off for me and a day I'll never forget.

"I've been playing here a long time and it's sad to think I'll never play at this stadium again in a competitive game. But it has to come to an end at some stage and I've got some great memories."



Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will miss having Carragher around for a variety of reasons and knows he is impossible to replace.

"I don't think there are many about like that, I've got to be honest," he 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 need to find a good one now to come in and support the group – and it certainly won't be easy.

"It's with great sadness that he has to move on but we now have to."

As one career came to an end another was just beginning as 17-year-old Jordon Ibe made his first-team debut and did not disappoint, even providing the assist for the goal.

"I thought he did very well," added Rodgers. "He's got real potential and you can see he's a footballer."