Axel Disasi levelled the scoring for the hosts shortly before the break and Liverpool were required to withstand some late pressure in order to earn themselves a point.
Gakpo once again featured in the midfield, as was the case throughout much of the summer, with Klopp stressing in his post-match press conference that players are not fixed to one particular position on the pitch.
“Oh he is [used to the midfield role], he played that pretty much the whole pre-season,” explained the boss in reference to Gakpo’s position.
“When we decided that everybody can get their own number on their back, then a two was not a two anymore and a six wasn’t a six anymore.
“I think modern football is like that, that players can play different positions.”
The manager remains short on options in the middle of the park as Liverpool continue their search for a defensive midfield signing.
Klopp added that he believes Gakpo possesses all of the tools to operate as a midfielder, while simultaneously admitting that work needs to be done to eradicate various issues.
“The role suits him, definitely. He is super important for us,” Klopp continued.
“I think today you could see, first game of the season, a lot of spaces to cover, gaps to close.
“That was actually our problem in the game, that we tried to close the gaps by dropping instead of by stepping in.
“It is the first game, not the last, so we have a lot of things to improve, no doubt about that. But I saw already a good basis.”