Results from chiral effective models suggest the existence of the so-called QCD critical point. These model predictions are highly dependent on the model setup and there is no universal argument for its existence and location. I discuss why a first-order phase transition is generally favored in models at low temperature T and high chemical potential µ, which will explain why the model results are unreliable about the critical point. I propose a useful way to reinterpret the model results as a liquid-gas-type phase transition like that of nuclear matter. This picture provides us with a fairly model-independent description of the QCD critical point not relying on detailed phase structures.