The Reds kicked off December in style as a heavily changed side emerged convincing victors in the Merseyside derby.
That was the first of nine games this month across four competitions, with Klopp employing rotation to ensure his side maintain their title-winning form throughout winter.
Bournemouth are next up, with Eddie Howe’s side sitting 14th in the table heading into the weekend and just two points above the relegation zone, having lost their last four games.
It would seem to be the perfect opportunity to mix things up further, and Klopp can be expected to reshuffle again at Dean Court.
Klopp confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Liverpool had suffered no new injury concerns following the Merseyside derby.
Klopp on Rotation
Speaking ahead of the game, the manager stressed that rotation was necessary throughout the busy winter, telling reporters that “it’s not Playstation” and players will tire.
“I know when you are a football supporter, then you want to play—in your mind—the best XI all the time,” he said.
“But it’s not FIFA or Playstation, where they don’t need a rest. It’s just how it is, we have to make these kinds of changes, and we will do, that’s clear.
“As long as the boys give me the opportunity, we will do it.”
Whether Klopp will make a further five changes, or more, remains to be seen, but he will be mindful of a decisive trip to Salzburg to come in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Liverpool’s Starting XI vs. Bournemouth
Despite the Group E decider looming, it is highly likely the key figures who dropped out of the starting XI for the derby will return at Bournemouth.
The bigger changes will come in midfield, with Henderson expected to return and Oxlade-Chamberlain a convincing candidate to take over from Adam Lallana, while Gini Wijnaldum could remain in a return to a 4-3-3.
With Salah and Firmino restored, they could rejoin Sadio Mane in attack as part of a more familiar setup:
Alisson; Trent, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Mane, Firmino
There is the prospect for more change, however, and the two beneficiaries of this could be Gomez and Keita.
If the 4-3-3 is favoured, Gomez could provide Lovren a rest in the back four while Keita takes over from Wijnaldum in the midfield, making his first appearance in a month.
Given he is unlikely to start against Salzburg, Origi could keep his place in attack but shift to the left wing, accommodating the return of Salah and Firmino:
Alisson; Trent, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Origi, Firmino
Xherdan Shaqiri could provide Klopp with another option if the aim is to rest Mane, while Gomez could also come in at right-back to provide Alexander-Arnold an afternoon off instead.
Klopp’s rotational approach certainly makes the guessing game more interesting, and makes Howe’s job tougher as he attempts to revitalised a flagging Bournemouth against the league leaders.