Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has linked his side’s position in the table to their inconsistent showing this season.
The Merseyside club currently sit seventh in the Premier League’s pecking order, seven points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea.
Although Brendan Rodgers’ troops mustered out an impressive come-from-behind 2-1 win over Aston Villa in the previous game, their defeat against Southampton before that proved to be a huge set-back to their Champions League ambitions.
With just seven more games left to be played, Liverpool still harbour an outside chance of finishing inside the top-four. But if they fail to achieve that, Gerrard insisted that it would be down to their inability to put up consistent performances.
He told the reporters: “We know what the problem is and it's inconsistency. In the minority of games we've played well enough to be higher than where we are in the league.
“But when you look at performances like Southampton, [Aston] Villa at home, West Brom away, Arsenal at home, there's a handful of games where this team hasn't turned up.
“That's the reason why we are sitting where we are in the table. In between those games there have been some fantastic performances, well worth a top-four finish.
"So we know we're not far away but I think if you say that you haven't got what you deserved then there's an element of feeling sorry for yourself."
The Reds much improved showing since the turn of the year could be attributed to the club’s successful January transfer business.
And 32-year-old Gerrard called upon his club to loosen up the purse strings in the summer to land in more players in order to bolster their Champions League hopes next term.
He added: “If there's a few improvements in the summer to the squad, we believe we can put in a better challenge to the top four next season."
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