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No one is bigger than Liverpool Football Club but there are those whose presence have elevated and preserved their stature.

Jamie Carragher waved goodbye to the Kop today having become part of such an elite. Once a successor in the central defensive bloodline of Ron Yeats, Emlyn Hughes, Tommy Smith, Phil Thompson and Alan Hansen, this was the afternoon he became their peer in the ex-player legends lounge.

There were no Carragher tears to water the Anfield turf here; just the lingering stains of 16 years of blood and sweat on every blade of grass and the final throaty instructions to team-mates bellowed out as if his last appearance was his first.

The game seemed more like a preseason friendly than a league game. With QPR already relegated, it was little more than a ceremony for the lad from Bootle and there was a testimonial pace to proceedings from the first whistle, which rarely quickened.
Rodgers handed a debut to 17-year-old Jordan Ibe, a much-needed nod to the future on the day Liverpool sent another icon into the realms of nostalgia.

Ibe grew in confidence as the game progressed, but more immediate promise comes in the form of Brazilian Phillipe Coutinho, whose sale by Inter Milan for such a reasonable fee of £8.5 million looks more perplexing by the week.

Coutinho would have had two in the first half if he could have convinced the Premier League to introduce goal-line technology a game early.
The Brazilian’s second-minute header from Stewart Downing’s corner crossed the line before Armande Traore’s clearance, but the officials did not see it.

Coutinho made amends on 23 minutes, accepting Ibe’s pass 25 yards from goal and firing low to Robert Green’s right.

This was all about Carragher, however, subbed to a prolonged standing ovation five minutes from the end.

“I’ve had lots of great times and have got lots of great memories and that is down to Liverpool Football Club and the supporters who have dragged us over the line many times. Istanbul, Cardiff; you’ve played your part,” he said in an on-pitch interview.

The club have seen many great players retire over the decades and we have still gone on to achieve great things, but Jamie’s black boots, like those of Hansen, Hughes, Thompson and Yeats will be hard to fill. Thanks for the memories lad.

 

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