Jamie Carragher bowed out of the Premier League yesterday as Liverpool triumphed over already-relegated QPR.
But the day belonged to Jamie Carragher, as he played in a Liverpool shirt for the final time. And it was his manager that was full of praise after another lion-heart performance that the Kop have come to expect.
After the game, Rodgers told reporters: "I've loved every minute of working with this true gentleman. He's got real real old-school values, and is very respectful. He's a fighter."
Carragher has played 508 times in the Red of Liverpool, and becomes only the second player to play of 500 league appearances for a Premier League club, second to Ryan Giggs.
Not known for his striking prowess throughout his career, Carragher has only scored four goals in his career that has spanned for 16 years.
However, Carragher would have been heart-broken to have not scored in the 1-0 victory over QPR. Almost Lampard-esque, Carragher picked up the ball around 30 yards away from the QPR goal, and he fired a blistering effort the rattled the post.
Despite Carragher's second half-effort, young Brazilian Phillipe Coutinho had given Liverpool a first half lead. Everyone in the ground that day would have wanted Carragher to score that day, but the defender would have been equally delighted with the clean sheet earned too.
Rodgers also regretted that he didn't have more time to spend coaching Carragher. "Every single day of his life he's training and working his socks off. So for me, my only regret is that I wish I had more games and years to work with him," Rodgers continued.
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