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Richard Stearman has described Wolverhampton Wanderers' victory over Liverpool as the 'highlight' of his career.

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"To come to Anfield when we were bottom of the league and put on a performance like that - it doesn't get much better!"

Richard Stearman

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Stearman was one of the star performers on Wednesday night as Wolves claimed their first win at Anfield in 26 years thanks to Stephen Ward's second-half strike.

Mick McCarthy's side outplayed their Merseyside counterparts with Stearman and Christophe Berra producing towering displays to keep the likes of Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard at bay.

But the Wolverhampton-born centre-back was quick to praise the whole team for their effort during the midweek triumph that lifted them off the foot of the Premier League table.

Great night

"It's got to be one of the highlights of my career," Stearman told the club's official website.

"To come to Anfield when we were bottom of the league and put on a performance like that - it doesn't get much better!

"It almost brings a bit of disappointment back about Wigan because it was such a contrast to that performance.

"How can we go from playing that badly to that good? Thankfully we did though and got the three points.

"The gaffer made the point that everyone expected us to sit back and let Liverpool and other teams play.

"We wanted to make the point that we are not scared of anyone. We wanted to show we would go 4-4-2, match people and press teams higher up the pitch.

"I thought the two front boys were superb in doing that and with the workrate they put in. It was a great night for us."

Praise

Wolves duo Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Ward caught the eye up front and combined superbly for the goal after some calamitous defending on Liverpool's part.

And Stearman felt it was a fitting tribute to Ward, a player who has already operated in four different positions this season.

"Wardy has been different class wherever he has played," said the 23-year-old stopper of his Irish team-mate.

"Since I came to the club he has always given 110 per cent and his performance epitomised his character and the way he goes about things.

"He was a joy to play with not only with his goal but the workrate he put in."