Despite losing once in the league all season and amassing a club record 97 points - which would have been a Premier League record before City totalled 100 last term - the Anfield crowd had to contend with runners-up status.
The ballroom erupted when Sadio Mane put Liverpool in front and an even more raucous celebration followed when news trickled in that Glenn Murray had given Brighton the lead. "Just constantly knowing that you have to win, you have to perform, and we defeated one of the all-time greatest teams in England and I'm proud of that", he said, after City notched up 14 straight wins in the league.
Manchester City retained the Premier League title in style on Sunday, holding their nerve to come from behind against Brighton and see off a charging Liverpool after a thrilling campaign. It's no consolation that Juergen Klopp's side combined with City to amass 195 points for the highest Premier League tally for the top two.
City fans, who a minute and a half earlier had looked as if they had been fossilised by a volcanic explosion while on the first stage of "Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes", burst back into life like hot magma gushing out of the cracked earth.
Newcastle United beat Fulham 4-0 away from home, while West Ham won 4-1 away to Watford, who will play Manchester City in next weekend's FA Cup final. Our target during the week was to get 97 points, we got that - that's special.
This was City's fourth league title in eight seasons and Manchester native Dave Reade, 37, said the tables have turned on their fierce rivals Manchester United.
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City boss Pep Guardiola celebrated with his players at the end of a remarkable season which saw his side rack up 98 points.
Jurgen Klopp's men may have held slim hopes that Brighton could draw level, but City gave them no chance in the second half when Guardiola's men tightened their grip on the game. I have the feeling next season we'll come back.
Guardiola, as successful as he is, has adapted his famed "tiki-taka" short-passing style for the Premier League, blending pace and power into his possession-based blueprint.
Then Kompany, among the unlikeliest of heroes, produced a goal that will be replayed again and again and again if City go on to be champions.
Liverpool fans were given something else to cheer as Alexander-Arnold whipped in another fine cross for Mane to head his second goal and make the result more comfortable.
"There didn't deserve to be a loser but we played so well all season with our backs against the wall. We know how hard that game against Tottenham is going to be".