Both clubs would then have been happy enough to watch Manchester City and Liverpool drop points by drawing 1-1 with each other, even though City manager Pep Guardiola unexpectedly described it as one of the best days of his coaching career.
Liverpool were finally awarded a spot-kick after the break and former City player James Milner converted to give them the lead.
With both teams in love with going forward and scoring goals and generally not anxious about the defending part of the game, plenty of goals were expected, and while the chances to out the ball into the back of the net came, came and came some more, the players had an off day as far as finding the target was concerned.
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. Like all matches, we create more chances but this is our problem, our problem is we don't score goals. That's how it is. Would I have been disappointed after going out of the Champions League? Yes.
I am certain he will win titles with Man City in the future and that they will play brilliant football, the Pep style of play.
At the Riverside Stadium, United's latest 3-1 victory made them the first club to record 600 Premier League wins and put them within four points of the top four in the race to qualify for the Champions League.
This did seem an over-the-top claim from the City manager, given that he won 21 trophies across his two spells in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich, including two Champions League successes.
This was the Premier League in a nutshell; thrills, spills and frenetic energy and at the end of it all neither Manchester City nor Liverpool had exactly what they wanted but both were left with a clear idea of what they need. Sometimes you play important games but you are just focused on that and your mood is okay. "No idea! I'm more interested in what mood we are in".
The draw sees City remain in third spot in the Premier League table, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea. "When you score a goal it's because you have that talent".
Liverpool and Manchester City played a spectacular match on Sunday, with both teams putting together some breathtaking attacking moves. I am so proud of my players.
"Or he was surprised that we played like this because we did not 20 times before. But of course it's good if you get a point in a game like this".
He scored against Hull, provided a crucial assist in the Champions League shock against Sevilla and found the net again against West Ham at the weekend.