Southampton midfielder Steven Davis has admitted that he is treating the EFL Cup semi-final clash against Liverpool this evening as a ‘one-off’.

Speaking to the club’s official website ahead of the first leg at St Mary’s, Davis previewed the match and insisted that if his side can show the desire and grit necessary in both legs, they have more than a good enough chance to progress into the final against either Hull City or Manchester United.

I think you’ve just got to approach it as a one-off game really. It’s difficult to think of too many different scenarios, because in football things change so quickly – they can change in an instant in a game – so we’ve just got to approach it that we want to go out and win the game first and foremost, and keep a clean sheet hopefully.

Davis is no stranger to big occasions, having pulled on the captain’s armband in several Scottish Cup finals during his tenure at Rangers prior to his move to Saints, but this game against Liverpool presents a bit of a different occasion.

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That would be a big bonus, and if we can go and score a goal it would be nice to take a lead into the away game.

It’s a game we can’t wait to get going with. We just need to do our best and be on top form if we’re going to get a result over the two legs, and show the desire and what it means to us.

If we can fight for every ball and show our quality then hopefully that will be enough to see us through.

Saints will need to make the home advantage count on the night if they are to stand a genuine chance of progressing in the competition, so Davis and his teammates will need to be on top form.