His players adapted well - most notably Roberto Firmino, who played the support striker role with aplomb.
The 26-year-old Brazil worldwide has netted 27 goals for Liverpool in all competitions so far this campaign and was recently rewarded with a new long-term contract.
Though not as popular as Salah, Firmino's 15 goals and seven assists were as crucial to getting Liverpool a place in the Champions League next season.
The 25-year-old has established himself as one of European football's top performing players this season after having joined Liverpool FC from AS Roma last summer.
Although Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have netted 40 goals in the competition, more than any other side, the ruthlessness displayed by Zinedine Zidane's side at the Bernabeu was made all the more impressive as they were without the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Dani Carvajal.
'The supporters support the club for many years. They are always winning titles in the Champions League and in the Spanish league too.
After a couple of days off Liverpool's players will reconvene for a gentle training camp in Spain, before returning at the weekend to begin preparations in earnest. "We didn't talk much; I just said "hi" to him and he told me that he was happy for me".
Strikes from Mohamed Salah, Dejan Lovren and Dominic Solanke had put the Reds in a commanding position before the Scotland global smashed home the fourth of the afternoon. Even if you don't want to think about it, people remind you that you're going to play a final so you will think about it'.
The German is right to point to the break, which will be emphasized by the number of injuries which have hit his team, particularly in midfield.
Ancelotti's 2009/2010 title winners as City's free-scoring season took them to 106 at an average of almost 2.8 a game.
Gabriel Jesus grabbed the only goal deep in injury time to give Manchester City the win at Southampton, who nevertheless stayed up.
But what he is, in his mind, is a real goal-getter.
This was a performance that should serve the youngster in good stead going into next season. We deserve to be there, so we need to show that, be fearless and do our thing.