Steven Davis reflected on Southampton’s EFL Cup semi-final draw with Liverpool, declaring it will be a huge challenge, but also a fantastic opportunity.
Saints progressed to the final four of the competition with a 2-0 win away to Arsenal on Wednesday night, which followed home victories over Crystal Palace and Sunderland in the earlier rounds.
A two-legged tie with Liverpool now stands between Claude Puel’s side and a trip to Wembley, and, with a final potentially so close, Davis does not want to let this chance slip, no matter how tough an opponent they are set to face.
“I think for players like myself who are a little bit older you realise that every year that goes past is a chance missed,” the 31-year-old told the Southern Daily Echo after the win at Arsenal. “We’ve put ourselves in a good position.
“It’s a tough draw, but you have to beat these teams. We have belief we can get there, but there’s a lot of football to played between now and then.”
Davis added: "It doesn’t get any tougher does it let’s be honest. If you’re going to win the competition then you’re going to beat these teams.
“It’s going to be a very tough semi-final over the two legs, but we’ll give our all. It’s about time we got to a final, but there’s a tough task in front of us.”
Davis produced a superb individual display at Emirates Stadium, forming part of a fantastic team effort that he was understandably delighted with.
“It was a great start in the first half for us and overall it was a good, solid performance,” he said.
“Obviously, in the second half we had to manage the game. They came out at us, but we stayed strong and looked dangerous on the counter-attack still.”