The last great FA Cup away day for me was back in 1998 when Don Goodman scored the only goal at Elland Road in an unforgettable quarter final victory.
You can probably imagine how poignant it felt then bumping into the man himself after soaking up this monumental success.
Accompanied by a certain Mr. Bull, Don was only happy to pose for selfies and offer a few thoughts on the game in the Cabbage Hall Pub just a five minute stroll from Anfield.
His general assessment that Klopp’s team selection left Liverpool exposed for what was to come is more or less how I saw it too.
Once it transpired that only a few of the first team regulars would start, alongside reserves and academy graduates, I felt confident of a tightly contested game.
Paul Lambert’s team selection was more predictable with our big game players all selected along with a few of the heroes from the previous round.
The big call was giving Harry Burgoyne the shirt but I sense the young goalkeeper has the temperament to handle such occasions and so it proved.
Astonishingly, it took the home side an hour to force him into any sort of save by which time Wolves were in the driving seat.
Much of that owes to a tremendous midfield effort from Edwards, Saville and Evans who never once allowed Liverpool’s creative talents the space to pick their way through.
I’ve long felt that all of those players get the rough end of stick as they’re judged exclusively on their proficiency with the ball at their feet.
But in a properly balanced team with better technicians further up the pitch, their ability to close down space, regain possession and set counter attacks in motion was the key difference yesterday.
If Richard Stearman’s opener was just a great ball and a well timed header, Andreas Weimann’s strike was a textbook example of punishing the opposition on the break.
There probably aren’t many better ball carriers than Helder Costa and seeing him glide across the Anfield pitch was breathtaking.
Had it not been for well timed toe end tackle from a recovering defender he would have scored the goal of the season with his box to box run.
But he’ll have to be content with two assists after delivering the peach of a ball for Stearman’s goal and then slicing through Liverpool again with a run and pass to Weimann.
If the rumours circulating about his loan becoming permanent prove accurate that’s welcome news, but I’ll be astonished if he’s still around next season.
On the evidence of this performance you’d think Derby might be loathe to dispense of Weimann at the end of the season.
His running (in and out of possession) was exceptional and on several occasions he displayed a turn of pace I wasn’t aware he possessed.
I felt Nouha Dicko struggled to make the sort of impact he’s capable of but still put in a big effort to occasionally win the ball in advanced areas and get his team on the front foot.
But as soon as Liverpool pushed Lucas into defence I was crying out for Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and he certainly didn’t disappoint.
The big Icelander is the football dictionary definition of ‘a handful’ and the ideal lone striker.
Not only did he twice come close to scoring (the second chance made for himself with an unfathomable twisting run), he continually held the ball up and eased the building pressure, particularly after Liverpool had reduced the deficit.
Our back four really had to earn their crust in those final minutes when it seemed for all the world that the Kop would suck the ball into the net for a late heartbreaker.
That would have been so harsh on all of them after flawless individual and collective performances.
Stearman was incredible, with his goal the icing on the cake. You’d never question his commitment to the cause but he found another level yesterday and his reading of the game, particularly in cutting out dangerous threaded passes was top drawer.
Hause was more low profile, simply heading and kicking everything that came his way. He never got flustered and was wise enough to make the foul on the one occasion he was beaten for pace.
Matt Doherty couldn’t get forward but still played a crucial creative role in setting Helder Costa free in the build up to Weimann’s strike. He defended superbly and was always well positioned to cut off crosses.
The result probably meant more to Conor Coady than anyone else and he can feel very pleased about his efforts, never putting a foot wrong and staying strong in the tackle throughout.
Paul Lambert was keen to ensure it was the players who received the adulation as he acknowledged the fans at full time but it’s he whose masterminded the turnaround we’ve seen in recent months, culminating in this once in a lifetime victory.
The journey may end in the next round and we’re still far from being safe in the league, but nothing can ever tarnish this wonderful memory.
As I’ve said so many times before, it’s moments that make football worthwhile and this feels like one of the best.