Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is confident the side will make big strides in the second half of the season and sneak into the "top positions".

The England midfielder stopped short of declaring they would make the top four to qualify for the Champions League again but that remains the ambition at Anfield. However, the 32-year-old admits they will have to find an answer to their inconsistencies if they are to have any chance of closing the seven-point gap to current fourth-placed side Chelsea.

"We didn't get off to the start we wanted this season but that was no surprise to me because there'd been a lot of change," Gerrard said.

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