Instead City responded in ruthless fashion to snuff out Liverpool's hopes of a first title since 1990.
The last day of the season was always going to be tense.
Then Wolves fans apparently started goading their counterparts by starting up fake Brighton goal celebrations at Anfield and thus starting off the rest of the stadium. But every time Klopp's side posed the question, Guardiola's men had the answer.
Just before the break, Aymeric Laporte put the Citizens ahead with a brilliant header.
The reason for Klopp's club getting the top payout regardless is because they were shown more times (29) on live TV than Man City (26).
"It's incredible, 98 points, to go back-to-back".
"We obviously didn't win the league but we'll be back next year and we've got a lot of motivation to win the league next year. We couldn't lose one point".
In guiding City to their latest success, former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach Guardiola simply enhanced his own reputation and in Neville's opinion, should be regarded alongside the aristocrats of the English game.
Equity sales senior vice-president Vincent Ang, 55, who has supported the Citizens since 1977, said: "The match was nerve-wracking but I was confident". "This team is awesome. Thank you so much".
But that will be scant consolation for the Reds' striker, whose side missed out on the biggest prize in English football with the biggest points total of any runner-up side in Premier League history - 97 points - just one behind title winners City.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp praised City but vowed his side would be back. In the last two years they have won 198 points.
"We made a big step. It's only the first step".
Despite the plethora of goals, relegated Huddersfield Town only managed to score 22 goals as they shipped 76 at the other end.
Phil Foden makes way for the Algerian while Kevin De Bruyne makes the subs bench for today's crucial Premier League title decider. A 10th league defeat of the season was chalked off after a 0-2 loss to Cardiff City, who were themselves, bowing out of the division after their relegation was confirmed last weekend.
The disappointment of losing out on the title has been somewhat eased by Liverpool reaching their second successive Champions League final.
Elsewhere on the final day of Premier League action, Spurs made mathematically certain of a place in the top four, drawing 2-2 against Everton.
While United took home the Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup, they only finished the season with 79 points in the league.
There were also wins for Crystal Palace, Newcastle and West Ham.