"It was hard. In the end we were better and deserved to win", Pochettino said.
A penalty was always likely in this game - played on a slick surface after pre-match rain - because of the last-ditch defending on show from both teams.
At half-time, Liverpool were firmly on the back foot, unable to test City goalkeeper Willy Caballero with anything of note and Klopp must have given his players a talking to, for they were more dominant side as the second half started.
"We had a lot of specialists to try and find it out and it looks like we found a solution now and he does not have these problems any more". That's how it is. "After the Champions League, the last few days at training people were so, so, sad, people don't talk too much", Guardiola said.
It was surprising then that the Manchester City coach thought a 1-1 draw against Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday represented "one of happiest days of my career". But, of course it's a success.
The City manager was delighted with the spirit of his side at bouncing back from being knocked out of the Champions League on away goals to Monaco four days earlier.
"There is one outstanding, consistent side this year and they will be champions probably", Klopp said.
But, despite chances aplenty in the closing stages of a thrilling clash, there was no victor for third placed City, who are now 12 points behind Chelsea and stay just one point ahead of fourth placed Liverpool.
In the first half, there was Nicolas Otamendi's pull on Sadio Mane as the Liverpool forward ran clean on goal. Their 0-0 draw against Sunderland brought Sean Dyche's men their third away draw of the season, the Clarets having lost their remaining 12 games away from Turf Moor. City replied through Sergio Aguero and both teams will rue missed opportunities to win the game.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino was impressed once more with the versatility of Alli, who now has 17 goals this season in all competitions and will need to keep scoring in the absence of injured striker Harry Kane.
If the manager sees the youngster as the man to lead the line at the Etihad Stadium next season, it wouldn't be a huge surprise if they opted to cash in on one of the finest players in the club's history. For both clubs the priority is now Champions League qualification and City's position is currently the stronger.
"I was just concentrating on taking the right decision, but this time I didn't have the luck that I had last time".
"A plan B is changing a formation or identifying something to change as a game goes on, whether going two up top, 4-4-2, five in midfield; it's just changing the dynamics of it and being able to win ugly", the former Liverpool midfielder added.