The Reds are in East Sussex for their eighth game of the Premier League campaign, three days after a 2-0 victory over Union SG at Anfield.
With such little time to prepare and such a tight turnaround, Klopp had already planned to make a number of changes between the two fixtures.
But the inclusion of Elliott over Wataru Endo, who was brought off at half-time in midweek in what the manager described as a planned change, came as something of a surprise.
“Just the way Harvey looked in the last weeks. He played a good game on Thursday,” he said in his pre-match interview with Sky Sports.
"He's a super player" ?
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“He’s not overplayed, I would say, recently. He came on a couple of times, played games, has kind of rhythm, and he’s a super player.
“So that was the decision behind that.
“We need to be really strong, good on the ball, good in one-on-one situations. The man-marking of Brighton requires real physicality on the ball, or being really quick.
“He can be both, together with all the others, so that was the reason.”
But he will be hoping his starting lineup is strong enough to get the job done against a Brighton side who suffered in a 2-2 draw with Marseille on Thursday night.
Elliott, for his part, will be raring to go, telling Sky Sports that he was “over the moon” to make his first league start of the season.
“You can see the quality in the team, and it’s part of football, waiting for your opportunity, and hopefully I can take it,” the midfielder said.