Instead, the manager opted for Firmino, sticking to his custom of naming the longest-serving player on the pitch as his captain.
He has not always followed this to the letter, with Alexander-Arnold’s stint against Midtjylland in December seeing him share the pitch with Divock Origi, but more often than not, this is the rule.
In the past, Klopp has displayed a nonchalant view on the armband.
But to Firmino, it gave him “the greatest feeling imaginable” to captain Liverpool to a priceless win away to West Brom.
“It’s one of the biggest honours in football to be the captain of your team, but to be the captain of Liverpool FC and for these boys is beyond the greatest feeling imaginable,” he wrote on Instagram.
“What a fantastic win today and even better that my brother [Alisson] scored the winning goal. You’re so blessed for the lord. We love you.”
Sixteen players have started as captain during Klopp’s reign, with some more memorable than others.
Those 16 are:
It could be that Firmino is considered as a replacement to Wijnaldum if Klopp opts to designated a ‘fourth captain’ next season, with the Dutchman due to depart on a free transfer.
Previously, the manager has left it to a squad vote to elect the leaders beyond Henderson and Milner, with Van Dijk and Wijnaldum currently assigned as third and fourth choice.
Alexander-Arnold and Salah will be prime candidates, though, with Andy Robertson likely to be a contender too.