Fraser Forster felt Southampton deserved to overcome Liverpool in the two semi-final matches of the EFL Cup and reach Wembley.
The goalkeeper said Saints worked hard for their advantage and backed it up with two performances worthy of a final appearance.
Saints weathered the attempted comeback from the Merseysiders at Anfield, with Forster making a key save in the second half, as Claude Puel’s men went on to seal their success late on thanks to Shane Long’s goal in front of the away supporters.
“Absolutely delighted,” said Forster after the game. “Over the two legs we’ve worked hard and as a team we’ve really performed in both and put a shift in and fortunately we’ve managed to keep a clean sheet and then the goal has settled it.
“It was a good performance over the two legs and it gives us all something to look forward to.”
Forster was given strong support by the whole of the backline and had praise for his teammates in securing the success.
“The lads in front of me were absolutely brilliant,” he said. “Jack Stephens came in tonight and I thought he was fantastic all the way through the game.
“As a team we defended right from the front and created a few chances as well so it was a fantastic team performance.”