The result also saw Liverpool set a new club points record in the Premier League - taking them on to 88 and eclipsing the 86 Rafael Benitez's side managed 10 years ago in finishing runners-up to Manchester United.
However, United also have to restore some sense of pride after a 4-0 thrashing at Everton on Sunday. "We gave him an opportunity". The difference between City facing a Brighton side desperate for a point (or three) to stay up and one who is already safe and can field reserves is huge.
"I thought we did all right against them as we limited them a lot". But winning four straight games in the Premier League is no simple task - even for City.
"I have to say, the three up front in such a hard game, what they worked again, what they did - everybody worked of course like insane - but in a game like this, the defensive attitude of our three up front, that was outstanding", Klopp told Liverpool's official website.
City's quest for a quadruple of trophies fell short by the finest of margins as they lost on away goals to Tottenham in the quarter-finals of the Champions League last week. "We are not going to start getting them now".
"I'm happy. One inch, that is all it is, and we are out".
"My team doesn't need to show me character but in two seasons they have shown me character every three days".
City gained a small measure of revenge on Spurs with a 1-0 league win on Saturday, but victory came at a cost with Kevin de Bruyne unlikely to play again this season due to a hamstring injury.