Gerrard admits Liverpool ‘haven’t turned up’ to some games this term

Steven Gerrard admits Liverpool have been guilty of "not turning up" to a number of Premier League games this season

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Steven Gerrard admits Liverpool have been guilty of “not turning up” to a number of league games this season, hampering their hopes of a top-four finish.

The Reds moved up to seventh in the Premier League table thanks to their 2-1 win at Aston Villa on Sunday, but Brendan Rodgers’ men are still seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

Gerrard, 32, believes the Reds are not far away from breaking back into the top four but concedes that the Merseysiders have been made to pay for a handful of poor displays this term.

“We’re not far away,” said Gerrard. “There will be some improvements to the squad in the summer and we believe we can then put in a better challenge for the top four next season.

“We know what our problem is and it’s inconsistency. For the majority of the games [this season] we have played well enough to be higher up the league but when you look at performances like Southampton away, Aston Villa at home, West Brom away, Arsenal at home; there’s a handful of games there that this team hasn’t turned up.

“That’s the reason why we are in the table. But there have been some fantastic performances, ones that are well worth a top-four finish.”

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