Liverpool kitman receives guard of honour from players in front of Anfield crowd

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Liverpool paid tribute to one of their longest-serving workers after finishing their Premier League campaign in style.

The Reds achieved an unlikely third place finish after defeating Crystal Palace in boss Roy Hodgson's final game in management.

Sadio Mane netted both goals as 10,000 delighted Anfield fans watched their team end their season on a high.

It's been a difficult title defence for Jurgen Klopp's men who have faltered in large periods and at one point looked like they could miss out on European football entirely.

But their impressive return to form and Champions League qualification gives the Reds momentum heading into next season.

The victory over the Eagles prompted jubilant scenes at full-time, as players and staff shared a rare moment of joy with supporters.

And there was even a special recognition for kitman Graham Carter, who has proudly been in his job for 35 years.

Carter was appointed full-time kitman in 1986 and has enjoyed a rollercoaster ride lasting over three decades with the Anfield club.

But he has called time on his role after announcing his retirement at the end of this campaign.

Klopp praised Carter for acting like a father figure during his time on Merseyside.

“The best kit man I ever had; we have a really good one here, but the most experienced kit man I ever had," the German boss said in his pre-match press conference.

"Father figure, grandfather figure, whatever you want.

“We will say goodbye to him in an appropriate way.”

And Carter was certainly given a special reception as he walked a guard of honour made by players and staff in front of a standing ovation from the home crowd.

Carter also received a special momento from the club for his years of loyal service.

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