Jack Stephens has heaped praise on the Southampton travelling support for the role that they played in helping Saints reach the EFL Cup final.
Shane Long’s late strike completed the 2-0 aggregate victory over Liverpool, but Stephens revealed the special impact the away support had on the players prior to kick-off at Anfield.
“Everyone played their part and put a shift in tonight,” he started.
“When we ran out from the tunnel at the start of the game we could hear the Saints fans straight away. That’s was a big help. They’ve carried us over the line, really.
“It was a real battle for us, especially in the second half. But we created chances and could have scored a couple ourselves, so we more than deserved to go through.”
Claude Puel gifted Stephens a starting berth in the heart of defence for the second leg tie, in place of the injured Virgil van Dijk.
And the 22-year-old put in a fine resolute display alongside fellow central defender Maya Yoshida.
“I loved every minute of it,” continued Stephens.
“Nights like tonight are why you want to play football and why you work so hard to get to this point.
“I’ve been here all season working hard and waiting for my chance. I’ve had to be patient but I feel like I’ve taken each game as it has come when I’ve got the opportunity.”