The Reds are on a roll, with eight consecutive wins in the bank and on an 11-game unbeaten run, with this week bringing the League Cup final.
Given the early scare against Norwich at the weekend, Liverpool will be eager to produce an overall performance more like the second half in that 3-1 victory, and fortunately, Klopp still has a near fully fit squad to choose from.
As the winds continued on Merseyside on Monday, the manager and his staff put the players through their paces – and here are six things we spotted.
A new face
The proximity to the academy facility at Kirkby allows Klopp to easily call upon youngsters to flesh out his squad, and that was the case on Monday.
A day after coming off the bench for his first appearance in two-and-a-half months in the under-23s’ last-gasp draw at home to Blackburn, 18-year-old midfielder Dominic Corness was seen with the first team.
Sidelined through injury since a 1-1 draw with AC Milan in the UEFA Youth League in December, the teenager known as ‘The Wand’ due to his incredible left foot took part in the pre-Leeds session.
Though it is unlikely to lead to any matchday exposure any time soon, it was a big gesture from the staff that he was the one called up.
Virg nutmegs Mo
The high winds at the AXA Training Centre served as ripe conditions for a series of rondos, with Virgil van Dijk leading the count for his group.
A clear highlight was Van Dijk’s cheeky nutmeg on Salah – revenge is a dish best served cold…and windy!
The next Matip meme?
After slapping Jordan Henderson on the back of the head at the San Siro in midweek, reacting with a sheepish grin, Matip was hailed as “the world’s top meme generator.”
That tag, brought to light by James Milner, was given more fuel in the Monday session, as the centre-back took part in a spirited rondo.
— Jack Lusby (@LusbyJack) February 21, 2022
Not to be outdone by Van Dijk’s nutmeg on Salah, Matip did the same to Tsimikas – and made sure the cameras knew about it.
“Yeehaw!” was his reaction, for reasons we’re not quite sure!
Welcome to England!
Poor Luis Diaz.
The sight of Liverpool’s new No. 23 coming on for his debut against Cardiff, in shorts sleeves and gloves, saw him rubbing his hands together to cope with his new climate.
In the weeks since his £50 million switch from Porto, Diaz has been thrown in at the deep end in terms of the weather, with Storm Eunice providing a stark contrast to his more familiar surroundings of Colombia and Portugal.
“Nice summer weather,” remarked Van Dijk as he walked out alongside Salah and Diaz, who – true to character – still had a smile on his face throughout the session.
No issues for Jones
That included the extended group for the Champions League, with the midfielder the only outfield player who travelled that wasn’t at least on the bench.
But there are no fitness problems for the youngster, and Jones is still training with the group and, on his Instagram story, vowed to “stay working.”
Ibou the striker?
Who knew Ibrahima Konate had the chops?
As Liverpool moved on from warmups and rondos to finishing drills and small-sided games, the centre-back showed off his skills as a forward.
Harvey Davies stood no chance as he barrelled through from defence to attack, turning Fabinho and firing into the back of the net.