Hughton, who joined Albion in December 2014, led the club to the Premier League for the first time in 2017, and they finished 15th in their first season back in the top flight.
Manchester City's victorious players were adamant amidst the celebrations that greeted the completion of their magnificent Premier League triumph on the English south-coast on Sunday that this was still just the infancy of their era of dominance.
Even so, there's plenty for Liverpool to be positive about regarding their league campaign and there's still a small matter of a Champions League final to play on June 1st.
Glenn Murray gave the home side the most unlikely of leads in the opening half, and Liverpool fans began to dream that their title dreams just might be on.
Liverpool beat Wolves in their last game of the season to finish second on the Premier League standings despite losing only one game in the out-gone term.
Liverpool fell one point short of winning their first league title since 1990 as Manchester City pipped Klopp's side on the final day of the season.
The 60-year-old signed a contract extension until 2021 last May having secured Premier League survival and the club spent in excess of £60million on new players last summer. But every time Klopp's side posed the question, Guardiola's men had the answer.
Manchester City kicked off in Brighton's Amex Stadium knowing a win would be champions, while Liverpool took on Wolves at Anfield knowing they needed to win and hope that City didn't. Liverpool will maintain and so we have to be better.
"It's the toughest title we have won in all my career, by far", he said of this season's duel.
"The biggest mistake, which with me is not going to happen, is believe we are something special, because you win four or five titles in two years". "But we had this in Barcelona too".
I have the feeling next season we'll come back.
"They're the best team and they've proved it time and time again", he said. That is the secret.
"If I would start telling you all the positive things about this team we would be here until an hour before the Champions League final".
Guardiola's ability to ask seasoned trophy winners to improve and go the extra mile is a trait he shares with former United boss Alex Ferguson, and according to skipper Vincent Kompany it is a key to City's success.