The Reds are nearing the final week of their warmup schedule and find themselves in Evian, the second stop in a short tour under the Alps this summer.
Serie A side Bologna provide the opposition for two 60-minute games in the French commune on Thursday, with Klopp revealing his plan to field two different XIs over the course of the afternoon.
The majority of players will feature for the full hour, while others will be given 30 minutes to build up fitness and sharpness following a late return to action after international duty and injury.
With nine days – and two Anfield friendlies – between these ties and the curtain-raiser away to Norwich on August 14, one of the sides Klopp’s deploys should give a big hint as to who will start at Carrow Road.
So how could Liverpool line up in their clashes with Bologna?
Who is available?
The manager has close to his full first-team squad available to him, though caution will be taken over minutes for a handful of key players.
Thiago is slowly transitioning into full training with the squad as he follows an individual programme – and the Spaniard could even start following the departure of young midfielders Jake Cain and Tyler Morton.
Defenders: Van Dijk, Matip, Gomez, Konate, Phillips, R.Williams, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Tsimikas, N.Williams, Beck
Forwards: Salah, Mane, Firmino, Jota, Minamino, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Origi, Shaqiri, Gordon
Liverpool’s first XI
It stands to reason that, like the opening friendlies against Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart, Klopp will name a weaker lineup and a stronger one over the two games.
For the sake of simplicity, Liverpool‘s first XI could be the ‘second choice’ group, allowing those on the fringes to clock more minutes and look to catch the eye ahead of the campaign proper.
As was the case in the second half against Hertha Berlin, Phillips and Williams could then make way for Van Dijk and Gomez to come off the bench for the final half-hour.
That would see Liverpool‘s XI for the first friendly line up like this:
Adrian; N.Williams, Phillips, R.Williams, Tsimikas; Clarkson, Jones, Elliott; Gordon, Minamino, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Liverpool’s second XI
With Van Dijk and Gomez unlikely to be fully fit for the season opener Ibrahima Konate and Joel Matip can continue to build chemistry as the centre-back pairing, joined by Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.
The biggest point of contention perhaps comes in midfield, with much depending on whether Thiago is able to take his place in the starting lineup – if so, he could operate in the deeper role in midfield.
Milner, like Kelleher, can be expected to drop out when Fabinho is ready to start.
Kelleher; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Konate, Robertson; Thiago, Milner, Keita; Salah, Mane, Jota
There are a number of players Klopp can call upon from the substitutes’ bench, and the manager is likely to make a handful of changes over the two games.