Victor Moses’ first taste of the most thrilling Merseyside derby for a generation lasted just 22 minutes.
But now Liverpool’s on-loan forward is desperate for greater exposure in the Reds first team after he came within inches of heading a dramatic late winner.
The Nigerian international started six matches in succession after his switch from Chelsea on a season-long loan.
But the last four games have seen him reduced to cameo roles from the bench – and he is desperate for more action.
“The main thing is to be on the pitch and enjoy football. That's always been on my mind – to play games,” he said.
“There was only a little spell at Wigan when I first signed there and I wasn’t in the team every week.
“I’ve always gone to places for the football, places where I'm going to play. By playing, you learn.
“I think I can develop a lot more but I realise to achieve that I've got to play as much as possible.”
The Reds manager’s presence at Anfield played a major part in his decision to move north again from Chelsea – and he is delighted to be back under his wing.
“There's a winning mentality but he also realises that if we are enjoying ourselves, we're likely to do better.
“I've known him since I was 16 when I was at Palace and he was at Chelsea. He really wanted me to go there. I said no a few times. I thought Palace was the best place for me at that time.
“But he never forgot about me. I was delighted when he came in for me again.
“There were a few clubs interesting in taking me, but when I heard about Liverpool my decision was made straightaway.
“There's a lot of quality here and if we can keep the momentum going, I think we can challenge for the Premier League (title) and, if not, finish in the top four.
“You have to believe you can be the best, otherwise there's no point in trying.”
Moses’ last starting appearance – in the home victory over Crystal Palace – was in a central role, but on his debut at Swansea and the following home match against Southampton he started on the left.
The player admits there are benefits and disadvantages with both positions – but that he has no over-riding preference . . . as long as he is playing.
“When you're in the middle the ball comes to you more often – but usually there are more players around to stop you,” he added.
“On the wing sometimes you can drift in and out of the game depending on how things are going. But you have more space so when the ball does come, you have a better chance of causing problems.
“At the end of the day you have to find a way to influence the game wherever you are playing. But you also need to be aware of the team's tactical plan. The first aim is to do the job the manager is asking you to do.”