But the Liverpool defender warned Spurs that he and his team-mates are not going to let up in their efforts to mark their monumental efforts this season with silverware.
A season of plaudits and records yet with nothing to show for their brilliance now boils down to one match – the Champions League Final against Tottenham in Madrid on June 1.
And Van Dijk insisted manager Jurgen Klopp’s squad are hell-bent on ending their season on a high.
“Congratulations to City, they deserved it and it was a great title race,” he said. “Frustrated is the word [to sum up losing out]. I think we are all going to be a little disappointed because we were so close.
“But we have to look on the positive side and remember we are still in Madrid [so] hopefully we can end the season on a high – that’s what we are going to try to do.”
Klopp and his backroom staff had two post-season scenarios in place before the stunning Champions League comeback against Barcelona and will allow players a five-day break following their usual recovery session yesterday.
The squad have been given the green light to travel as long as they do not take a long-haul flight and have been asked to report back at Melwood next Monday.
Following that they will have a one-week training camp in Spain (in Marbella or Majorca) before moving on to Madrid arriving two days before the final on May 30.
“I will definitely get days off,” said Van Dijk. “I will relax the mind, enjoy the beach and after then we get together for a camp and be ready for the final.”
Part of the focus for Klopp and his staff at the training camp will be to make sure there is no subconscious hangover from missing out domestically and to get players’ minds focussed in order to mark this season with something tangible.
Van Dijk was adamant that that will not prove difficult to achieve.
“To get 97 points, to play football like we have played all season, we have to be very, very proud,” said Van Dijk.
“I don’t care about another opinion, but we work so hard every day to be challenging to be as close as possible.
“City were just a tiny little bit better than us, and that’s football as well. It doesn’t mean it is all over. We take a lot of things with us, we will take this on, and hopefully we can challenge next year and do even better.”
With Manchester United in turmoil and City and Liverpool looking a distance clear of the chasing pack, the board at Anfield sense the opportunity to steal a march on their great rivals, particularly with regard to the commercial side of operations.
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner hinted as much when he said: “We’re disappointed we didn’t win the league but it was a remarkable season, the squad is exciting and I think we’ve made a lot of friends around the world.”
Yet while a sixth Champions League/European Cup trophy would be nice – particularly after the disappointment against Real Madrid in last season’s final in Kiev — a first Premier League title next season remains the focus of the drive forward.
“We’re only going to get stronger,” said Werner. “Ninety-seven points, it’s a remarkable year. 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.”