“If you play Wednesday-Saturday-Tuesday or whatever, then you have to think about it,” he explained on Friday.
“In our case, we played Monday and now Saturday and then I think again Saturday, so no, it was always clear we will line up as good and strong and as experienced as we can.
“But we actually always did – just it looked sometimes a bit different, but always the best possible lineup for the specific game.
“Monday-Saturday, there will not be a rotation because of the competition or whatever.”
There are certain to be changes, of course, not least due to an injury to Virgil van Dijk, while there will be a temptation to use £44 million signing Gakpo from the start.
It remains to be seen whether Klopp will turn to his new No. 18 or stick with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the left, but he has confirmed he will at least be in the squad.
“I’m not sure if any player who got signed in this window played already, probably not,” he explained.
“We were pretty early, so this is the first possible moment where a player could play.
“For us, it’s the first possible moment and it’s absolutely perfect.
“Usually business starts later on in January and decisions are made later, but in this specific case we were pretty early and that’s why I’m completely fine with the situation.”
There was a suggestion that Gakpo could make a similar impact to that which Diaz enjoyed this time last year, and while he stopped short of comparing the two, his excitement was palpable.
“Cody is in for two days, two training days now, full training days. It’s a joy to watch, to be honest,” Klopp enthused.
“Of course, with our situation, injuries with the strikers as well, it’s really nice to have a guy on the pitch who obviously is pretty natural in a lot of things.
“[He gets] the offensive part of the game and knows where the goal stands. That’s always very helpful.
“He’s obviously full of joy, enjoying each second in the moment. So that’s very good.”
“Hendo, he did exactly what he was allowed to do yesterday – big parts of team training without heading,” Klopp said.
“From today on, I think he is completely allowed to do everything.”