Pierre-Emile Højbjerg says Southampton will be taking one game at a time, starting with Arsenal in the Emirates FA Cup this weekend.
Saints face The Gunners in search of a fourth consecutive victory, aiming to be the first club since Manchester United in 1982/83 to knock them out of both domestic cups in the same season.
That is before two equally important Premier League fixtures against Swansea and West Ham United, but Højbjerg feels it is vital to never look too far ahead.
Højbjerg said: “We take one game after the other and if a player doesn’t play then you have a part to play.
“Every game until the EFL Cup final is important and we’ll take it game by game.
“What may come at the end of February will come but until then Arsenal is the most important game because that is the next one.”
Claude Puel has benefitted from a blend of youth and experience in the current campaign, which came into sharp focus against Liverpool.
Højbjerg added: “It’s fantastic for their future careers and their life to get an opportunity in the cup. It’s rare.”