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Inverness full-back Raven: I thought I would be playing in big finals with Liverpool

David Raven admitted he felt he could make it when he was a youngster starting out with Liverpool.

The 30-year old full-back is on the verge of competing in the Scottish Cup final for Inverness against Falkirk this weekend but thought about a decade ago that perhaps he could have been playing off for major trophies with the Reds.

"I was in and around the first team and I had a few sniffs of a few games and I thought: "Here we go, this is me,"' he reflected," he told the Scottish Daily Mail.

"But I quickly came to realise I wasn't good enough for that level. I knew I wasn't and I had to go and grind out a career elsewhere and that's when I left. It was the best thing I could have done, the only thing I could have done. But for six months or so I was thinking: 'Yeah, I'll be playing in big finals and things'.

"I played in a couple of cup games, FA Cup, Carling Cup, a league game as well.

"And I was involved around the European stage as well, so it was great experience but I just came to realise I wasn't good enough.

"It's taken until I'm 30 for this to come round... days like today, people wanting to speak to you. It's not going to happen forever."

Raven kicked off his career with Liverpool in 2004 and has since spent time with Tranmere Rovers, Carlisle United and Shrewsbury Town prior to his 2012 move to Caley.

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