"When I was up there in the commentary box, I could see the goalkeeper coach, you can see what he's telling him", the Liverpool legend said on Sky Sports. "In that situation they are much better".
"He had the courage and the balls to hit the penalty".
Last season, Salah scored from 35, six and nine yards in three consecutive matches against City to emerge as Liverpool's talisman and their rivals' nemesis.
The Reds' next game comes against Klopp's closest friend, David Wagner, as they travel to Huddersfield Town on October 20 looking to return to winning ways.
Van Dijk's error in that incident should not mask the positives of his performance, however, or the difference he has made to Liverpool since arriving from Southampton for £75 million as the world's most expensive defender in January. They didn't have one shot on target.
With the clash against Liverpool so important in the battle for the Premier League title, it remains to be seen whether De Bruyne could feature or it is merely mind games from Guardiola.
It may not have been the free-flowing City that has carried it all before it - but it was a more nuanced tactical approach created to avoid the carnage of last season at Anfield and nearly resulted in a crucial victory.
It has also been achieved, barring a couple of occasions, without scaling the exhilarating heights that saw teams blown away by a barrage of goals and attacking football on numerous occasions last season. Penalty aside, Virgil van Dijk was incredible and the rest of the defence is doing well as well. Sergio Aguero continued his own struggles in front of goal at the Merseyside ground, too.
Those worries are surely premature, with the intense nature of that run of games being sure to take a toll in the legs of a hard-running outfit at some point, and that aforementioned trip to Yorkshire starts off a more favourable run of fixtures the far side of the upcoming global break.
"He did not start in the first 11 today but when he was on he scored within a minute and that gives confidence for both him and us". They've started the season well.
"Those sorts of moments can go both ways in games". We had our chances in the last minutes to win the game but we miss it.