But when the teamsheet for Liverpool vs. Brighton was revealed at 2pm on Saturday, there were three glaring omissions.
Klopp had already explained in his pre-match press conference that the club had taken “precaution” with Nunez and Jota, with the pair sitting out of training in the buildup.
And speaking before kickoff at Anfield, the manager said: “Darwin and Diogo came home with little things, and the medical department asked me not to start them.”
He added that they are “probably able to come on” but he would “have to wait and see,” suggesting that, in an ideal world, he would prefer not to use either of his reserve strikers.
In Diaz’s case, a place on the bench comes due to a late return from duty with Colombia, who played Guatemala and Mexico in friendlies in the United States.
The winger started the two ties in New Jersey and California, and was arguably in need of a rest having played 90 minutes in each of the last seven games for Liverpool across Premier League and Champions League.