The Premier League will bid farewell to a host of high-profile characters when the 2012-13 season concludes on Sunday, with legendary Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher among the figures taking their leave of the sport.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed he is keen to retain the services of on-loan Liverpool striker Andy Carroll and hopes a deal can be finalised as soon as possible.
Liverpool V QPR - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game live. Carragher open to idea of coaching Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher will bring the curtain down on a 16-year playing career on Sunday but he has not ruled out making a return to the game in a coaching capacity.
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher will play his last game before retiring when the Reds take on QPR at Anfield on Sunday.
Harry Redknapp has hailed Jamie Carragher as one of Liverpool 's all-time greats whose presence at QPR next season would guarantee an immediate return to the Barclays Premier League.
Three are leaving with their heads held high while one should never had to wait so long to stay, writes Kenny Dalglish It will be a sad day for everyone at Liverpool Football Club when Jamie Carragher plays his last game , against QPR at Anfield tomorrow.
But a lad who learned his trade in streets a few miles away from Rooney's is the true owner of that title.
Benitez, who managed Liverpool between 2004 and 2010, will find himself out of work again in the summer, leaving Chelsea after serving his time as interim boss.
England Under 20s manager Peter Taylor has named his 35-man squad for this summer's World Cup, including four debutants at international youth level.
Try telling Jamie Carragher that nothing is riding on this fixture. After 16 years and 737 appearances for Liverpool , a total bettered only by Ian Callaghan, the Bootle-born defender will bring his outstanding career to a close against Harry Redknapp's relegated side.
Simon Bird glances into his crystal ball for his weekly Premier League predictions.
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In an ambitious move, they have also asked if their London neighbours would consider a permanent deal for the striker, who would fetch around 20m on the open market.
Roy Hodgson has announced his England squad for the end-of-season friendlies against Republic of Island and Brazil, with Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy receiving his senior first call-up. The Royals stopper has been in impressive form for Nigel Adkins' relegated side and joins fellow 'keepers Joe Hart and Ben Foster in the squad.
Liverpool fans knew it was a real probability, but most would have hoped it was still a good few years away from becoming a reality.