While the likes of social media and even the Sky Sports commentary box was full of suggestions that the Reds players had overdone their title celebrations – Klopp was having none of it.
Liverpool looked lethargic and off the pace throughout the game, despite having a number of chances to score during the game – where City were far more clinical to run out easy winners.
And despite Liverpool still running out comfortable Premier League winners, Klopp was clearly upset with the result – and any suggestion of his team having the wrong attitude.
“I saw brilliant attitude. We didn’t behave like players who became champions a week ago,” he told Sky Sports.
“We lacked fluidity and in some 50-50 situations they were quicker than us in the mind: the first goal it felt like we left Joe (Gomez) five minutes alone with Sterling – there has to be another player.
“They used their chances, not all but a lot, and we didn’t. City 100 per cent deserved to win but 5-3 would have been possible as well. But that doesn’t make it better.
“We had moments, we had chances. We didn’t use them. We had moments when we could have scored and we didn’t. It is all OK. It is not nice and not what we wanted but I wanted to see we had the right attitude. The result we have to take.
“I think we proved that City are an unbelievably good team. I saw City’s season, I didn’t see a bad game even when they lost.”