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After 16 years at Liverpool, defender Jamie Carragher will lead his side out for his final game against QPR tomorrow afternoon.
With the retirements of Sir Alex Ferguson, Paul Scholes and David Beckham hogging the headlines, it shouldn’t be forgotten that Carragher will be bidding a farewell of his own as he captains the side at Anfield.
Opposing manager Harry Redknapp has hailed Carragher as a Liverpool great, and spoken of his obvious love for the club and his strength of character.
“Everybody would love a Jamie Carragher in their team,” Redknapp said. “If I had him in my team next season we’d get promoted. That’s how highly I rate him.”
Despite the headlines of the past week, QPR will have striker Loic Remy available, in what will be their final game in the top flight for at least one season.
Redknapp will be without DJ Campbell, Adel Taarabt and long-term absentee Shaun Wright-Phillips.
One player who won’t be available for Brendan Rodgers’ side tomorrow, but may be next season, is Andy Carroll. Currently on loan at West Ham, the 24-year-old has played his way back into the England squad, and Rodgers has been impressed with his recent attitude.
“He’s gone to West Ham, which is a great club, and under Sam Allardyce he’s done very well,” Rodgers said. “So we’ll assess that at the end of the season and take it from there.”
Rodgers also reserved praise for defender Martin Kelly, whose rehabilitation is almost complete and it is hoped he will be ready for pre-season training.
In transfer news, Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has urged winger Callum McManaman not to join Liverpool this summer.
Recent reports have suggested that McManaman is a player Rodgers would be keen to add to his squad. And yet, after the 22-year-old’s outstanding second half of the season, Liverpool won’t be the only club interested in his services.
Speaking of the Reds’ interest, Martinez said, “I think if one player needs to stay at the club and become an important part of this football club, it is Callum.”
With the Latics facing Championship football next season, McManaman won’t be the only player attracting potential suitors. But Martinez, having once turned down a move to Anfield himself, is now encouraging his shining light to do the same.
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