Why there's no need to sound the Red alert at Liverpool

On the surface, Liverpool have had similar problems to Chelsea this season with players showing an alarming ­inconsistency.

Yet I don’t think they have too many problems to address before they can turn those ­performances around.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an apologist. They were never going to get fourth place this season because there is not enough quality up front.

They have been unlucky at times, but that lack of a cutting edge has cost them. As has the fact they don’t take enough risks in getting into the box to get on the end of the chances they create.

Jordan ­Henderson and Stewart Downing have done well at times, but don’t get into advanced positions anywhere near enough. Same with Andy Carroll.

There are signs he’s improving, but when you’re a No.9, son, getting in the box is a big part of your job.

You could see against Everton in midweek, with the remarkable performance by Steven Gerrard, that they have something.

He seems to have been too deep this season, sitting in the middle, but when he has someone alongside him like Jay Spearing – or Lucas when he returns – then he has the freedom to show his scoring ability. And he scores some good goals, doesn’t he?

But when he’s partnered with Charlie Adam, Liverpool don’t seem prepared to gamble.

But with Lucas back next season, and some quality forwards signed in summer, they will look a different team.

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