Reds' captain will get a two-match suspension if he receives another yellow card before April 13 but Rodgers won't rest him on Wednesday.

Brendan Rodgers will not pull Steven Gerrard out of the firing line, even though the skipper is one booking away from a ban.

The Liverpool boss is faced with some tough decisions over the coming weeks, because his inspirational leader will miss two matches if he is cautioned again before April 13.

FA rules state that any player who picks up 10 bookings between the start of the campaign and the second Sunday in April gets an extra game ban, and with Gerrard on nine, the temptation may be to rest the Reds' captain against Sunderland on Wednesday.

But Rodgers is confident his midfielder is street smart enough to avoid another yellow card.