If Steven Gerrard does get suspended, Liverpool can cope.

Steven Gerrard

The Liverpool skipper is dangerously close to picking up a two game suspension because of his collection of yellow cards.

There seems to be a little bit of hysteria developing over Steven Gerrard collecting nine yellow cards so far this season, and on the brink of a two game ban which will mean he’ll miss key games in Liverpool’s title run-in.

The Liverpool skipper has to watch his step between now and the 13th April. After the encounter with Manchester City on that date, Gerrard can afford to pick up a booking without the risk of getting banned.

But it won’t be the first time Liverpool have been without their captain if he does pick up a ban. If he is booked in tomorrow’s game against Sunderland he will miss the clashes with Tottenham at Anfield on Sunday and West Ham United the following Sunday. That's probably the best case scenario if Gerrard were to get banned given the fixtures on the horizon.

People will feel it is at the wrong time of the season given the Liverpool captain’s form – but players have returned to fitness at the right time, the Reds have a more than capable replacement in Lucas Leiva to slot straight into the position.

Add to that the improvement in Jordan Henderson’s passing game, he could easily take up a lot of the work in terms of distributing the ball. Extra responsibility for the 23-year-old is what would be in store, but he has shown this season he is more than capable of fulfilling those duties.

Also, Liverpool have coped without Gerrard in the line-up this season. If you cast your mind back to the 5-0 victory at White Hart Lane, the Reds weren’t exactly blessed in terms of available players that day. Their midfield trio of Lucas Leiva, Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson ran the show.

The Reds may have enjoyed more success against big sides over that December period but injuries started to bite and there was the odd slice of bad luck in the 2-1 defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea.

Liverpool are of course a better side, and more of a threat when Steven Gerrard is available. But they have the quality to cope without him for a couple of games.

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