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Liverpool 1, QPR 0: Coutinho Strike Wins Carra's Finale

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A first-half bullet from Philippe Coutinho proved to be the difference at Anfield, where Liverpool defeated 1-0 to send Jamie Carragher off with a win.

Julian Finney

Liverpool 1: Coutinho 23'
QPR 0

About what you'd expect from an end of the season match that had absolutely nothing riding on it--some moments of spark and quality, others that were absolutely dreadful, and in the end a bit of quality from one of the best players on the pitch wins it for Liverpool.

I don't know that we could have asked for a whole lot more other than goals here, with Philippe Coutinho again sparkling and getting the winner, and young Jordon Ibe showing plenty of reason for optimism with a competent, composed display on the left. His assist had more to do with the quality of Coutinho's strike than anything else, but at 17 years old he didn't look out of place at all, going close on a curler in the second half and linking play well throughout the forward areas. Some decent stuff elsewhere, but as is so often the case when everyone's just going through the motions, otherwise forgettable.

Except for Jamie Carragher's howitzer from thirty-odd yards that crashed against the post, of course; I've watched more Carragher highlight reels in the past week than I could count, and I've never seen anything like it from him. Lets the ball fall, gathers his footing, and absolutely unleashes from distance, beating Robert Green all ends up and falling just inches from getting a goal on his way out the door. I doubt it's hyperbole to say that it was probably the most sweetly struck shot of his Liverpool career.

Not that his final match left us wanting in any regard, as the substitution in the final minutes was among the more emotional moments for Liverpool supporters in a long time. He gave everything today in another good showing in defense, and he retires as one of the club greats. The quality's awful, but it's required viewing--the final Anfield entrance for Jamie Carragher. Thanks for everything, Carra.