Carragher on target in testimonial

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Nearly 35,000 fans turned up at Anfield on Saturday to thank defender Jamie Carragher for his loyal years of service for the club as a Liverpool X1 beat an Everton X1 4-1, with Carragher scoring for both teams.

Carragher invited back teammates from the past to play alongside him and other members of the current squad. The likes of Michael Owen, Luis Garcia and Emile Heskey donned the Liverpool shirt for one last time whilst Joe Cole made an appearance as well as a brief one from Steven Gerrard, who is currently on international duty with England.

Carragher hopes the game will have raised over £1million for his 23 Foundation charity – with money going to a collection of local good causes in and around Merseyside.

Owen’s return to the club was met with mixed reaction from the Reds faithful, the striker having signed for Manchester Utd this time last year.

Owen won a penalty for Liverpool just before the end of the first half, which Carragher stepped up and converted at the Anfield Road End.

But it was fans favourite Luis Garcia who continued the scoring with a sublime shot from the right hand side of the area on the stroke of half time.

Cole added a third for the Reds, putting away a good cross from Ryan Babel in front of the Kop.

Carragher gave away a penalty when he fouled James Vaugn in the area to give Yakubu a chance to score in front of the Everton fans, but the man of the day celebrated his 16 years of service to the club by nipping in in front of Yakubu to score an own goal from the penalty spot.

Youngster Nathan Eccleston rounded off the scoring for the Reds with a fine finish at the Kop end.

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