Mohamed Salah scored the only goal of a frenetic game on Sunday, latching onto a long pass from Alisson with 14 minutes remaining to finish past Ederson.
It was City’s first Premier League defeat of the season, but the visitors were left frustrated when Phil Foden’s second-half strike with the score at 0-0 was chalked off after referee Anthony Taylor was asked to look at the pitchside monitor by the video assistant referee, which showed Erling Haaland pulling over Fabinho in the build-up.
City boss Pep Guardiola and Klopp both showed frustration at Taylor’s decisions through the game, with the latter shown a red card after objecting to a challenge on Salah with five minutes remaining going unpunished.
“Yeah, it’s about emotion of course… red card, my fault,” Klopp conceded at his post-match press conference.
“I went over the top in the moment, I don’t think I was disrespectful to anybody but when you look at the pictures back – I know myself for 55 years that the way I look in these moments is already worth a red card.
“I lost it in that moment and that is not OK, but I think a little bit as an excuse I would like to mention, how can you not whistle that foul [on Salah]? How on earth is it possible? And I wish I could get an explanation.
“I don’t know what Pep said now in here, probably not a lot, probably very disappointed or frustrated or whatever. But during the game we agreed completely that Anthony Taylor just let the things run. Why would you do that? Both teams, it was not one, but I heard now that people said it was Anfield that made the VAR decision [to disallow Foden’s goal].
“With a foul on Mo, Anfield had no chance to make any impact. It’s a foul on Fabinho, I think we agree on that. Is it not enough to pull somebody down?
“So there was already the first moment where Pep and I were pretty animated, both, but actually for the same reason to be 100 per cent honest. For the same reason, we were not arguing with each other, not at all.
“Then [the red card] situation, I just had the perfect view, and the linesman, and you can imagine we are 1-0 up and we have a free-kick there or a counter-attack there. That is pretty much a 100 per cent difference and that was when I snapped and again, I am not proud of that, but it happened.”
One negative for Klopp was seeing Diogo Jota injured late on. The Portugal international has only recently returned from injury, but his manager did not sound hopeful, saying: “Diogo, I wish I wouldn’t have to talk about it.
“When I saw he goes down and there was not a lot of contact, you can see a little bit that somebody kicks his foot and maybe the muscle got overstretched, [playing for] 96 minutes, that’s not good for the muscle. He felt it immediately and now we have to wait to see how bad it is.”
Klopp already had to make changes to his line-up due to injuries, with Ibrahima Konate missing out and James Milner starting at right-back, meaning Joe Gomez moved back into the middle of the defence.
The 25-year-old helped to keep Haaland and company quiet, and Klopp praised his “outstanding talent”, along with Milner’s efforts.
“It’s just great for Joey that he can show what a player he is,” he said. “Outstanding, outstanding talent, a great player and can play different positions, obviously.
“Today was sensational, a mature performance together with Virgil [van Dijk] and the two full-backs.
“I’d like to mention – and it’s fine, Joey deserves all the praise – but I am pretty sure before the game a lot of people thought, ‘Oh, James Milner against Phil Foden.’ The way James Milner played was absolutely unbelievable. Joey as well.”