NBC's coverage of Liverpool against Manchester United saw two legends of English football in Gary Lineker and Lee Dixon discussing Steven Gerrard's dismissal in the post-match analysis.
The former Arsenal favourite felt Gerrard was well aware of what he had done as soon as Martin Atkinson's whistle went.
"He knew Gary, already he’s turning round looking sheepish," Dixon said as they both watched over a replay of the incident.
"He’s got no complaints and he knows it as well.
"He came on wanting to make an impression and he certainly did that. His aggression got the better of him."
After the game, Dixon and Lineker revealed they weren't surprised that Gerrard came out after the game and said sorry for his actions, with the recently retired England captain the kind of character that would face up to his mistakes.
"We said he may come out and apologise. In the pictures just after he knew he’d done something wrong."
With Gerrard having failed to start the two games since he returned from his hamstring injury, and now set to miss three matches due to suspension because of the red, the available matches for the 35-year-old to feature for his boyhood club before he switches to MLS are considerably fewer.
There are just eight games left in the league for Liverpool, and a FA Cup semi-final, and potentially final, for Gerrard to consider. With the Reds skipper missing three of those games, he has barely half a dozen opportunities to feature, and just two more competitive games at Anfield.