Forward Philippe Coutinho was Liverpool's match-winner but Jamie Carragher was the star of the show at Anfield on his 737th and final appearance for the club.

The veteran centre-back brought the curtain down on a first-team career spanning 16 years 131 days - the seventh longest in the club's history.

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Such is his longevity the 35-year-old has served under six different permanent managers at Anfield but his own influence on the team during that time cannot be underestimated.

And while the day was rightly a celebration of his achievements, the fact the game had the slight feeling of a testimonial would not have impressed the ultra-competitive, ultra-professional Carragher.

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 19: The Kop acknowledge Jamie Carragher of Liverpool's final match prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers at Anfield on May 19, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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    Liverpool and QPR players perform a guard of honour for Jamie Carragher prior to the the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

  • Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers - Anfield

    Liverpool and QPR players perform a guard of honour for Jamie Carragher prior to the the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

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    Liverpool's Jamie Carragher during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

  • Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers - Premier League

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Jamie Carragher of Liverpool looks on with his daughter Mia prior to his final match for the club prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers at Anfield on May 19, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers - Premier League

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 19: The Liverpool and QPR players form a guard of honour to acknowledge Jamie Carragher of Liverpool's final match for the club prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers at Anfield on May 19, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers - Premier League

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Jamie Carragher of Liverpool smiles prior to his final match for the club prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers at Anfield on May 19, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers - Premier League

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Jamie Carragher of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers at Anfield on May 19, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers - Premier League

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Loic Remy of Queens Park Rangers shakes hands with Jamie Carragher of Liverpool prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers at Anfield on May 19, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers - Premier League

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 19: A Liverpool fan holds up a banner to acknowledge Jamie Carragher of Liverpool's final match for the club prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers at Anfield on May 19, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers - Premier League

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Liverpool fans acknowledge Jamie Carragher of Liverpool's final match for the club prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers at Anfield on May 19, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers - Premier League

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Jamie Carragher of Liverpool applauds the fans as he walks out with his childen for his final match prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers at Anfield on May 19, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers - Premier League

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Jamie Carragher of Liverpool applauds the fans after being substituted in his last game for the club during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers at Anfield on May 19, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers - Premier League

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Liverpool fans acknowledge Jamie Carragher of Liverpool's final match prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers at Anfield on May 19, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers - Premier League

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Liverpool fans acknowledge Jamie Carragher of Liverpool's final match prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers at Anfield on May 19, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers - Premier League

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Jamie Carragher of Liverpool is embraced by Manager Brendan Rodgers aftre being substituted in his last game for the club during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers at Anfield on May 19, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers - Premier League

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Jamie Carragher of Liverpool is embraced by Manager Brendan Rodgers aftre being substituted in his last game for the club during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers at Anfield on May 19, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers - Premier League

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Jamie Carragher of Liverpool walks off after being substituted in his last game for the club during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers at Anfield on May 19, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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    Liverpool's English defender Jamie Carragher acknowledges the crowd on his final game before retirement before the start of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and QPR at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, northwest England, on May 19, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Liverpool's English defender Jamie Carragher acknowledges the crowd on his final game before retirement ahead of the start of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and QPR at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, northwest England, on May 19, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Liverpool's English defender Jamie Carragher is pictured on his final game before retirement during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and QPR at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, northwest England, on May 19, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)