The Reds take on a new-look Hammers side at Anfield on Sunday afternoon, as they kick off their third full season of Klopp’s reign.
After a productive pre-season that saw them win seven, draw one and lose one of nine friendlies across England, the United States and Ireland, confidence is high on Merseyside.
But Klopp’s side could already be restricted by key absences, while others may be short of fitness after their late return from the World Cup.
The Brazilian started in the Reds’ final warmup game against Torino on Tuesday night, playing the first half in midfield before switching to centre-back for 25 minutes after the break.
Jordan Henderson is an option, but only played 20 minutes on his return to the side in midweek, while Wijnaldum could take over in the No. 6 role with James Milner, Adam Lallana, Curtis Jones and Marko Grujic also available.
Elsewhere on Thursday, Pearce attested that “Klopp doesn’t believe he would let anyone down,” suggesting Phillips could be a viable senior option in the upcoming campaign.
The Swiss was utilised in an advanced midfield role at times during pre-season, however, and could well be drafted in alongside Wijnaldum and Keita if Klopp is convinced they can provide balance.