But the biggest surprise for Sunday's game is that Scott McTominay starts in the three-man midfield for Manchester United, replacing Serbian powerhouse Nemanja Matic, who does not even make it to the matchday squad.
He could now miss United's Champions League last 16-second leg against Paris Saint-Germain and key league games as they chase a top-four finish.
The United caretaker boss, unbeaten in the Premier League since taking over from the sacked Jose Mourinho in December, said he was delighted with the way his depleted side coped against the league leaders in the second half. It was a point United wanted and we lost two.
Klopp conceded Liverpool had lacked composure at critical moments and he called on them to bounce back against Watford in midweek.
"My idea was to get him playing to the best of his abilities, not just him, but I thought he was an attacking midfielder. That's OK", Klopp said.
"I'm not going to read what he says, or the players say". The buildup from deep was OK, but then of course you need to be flexible, you need to keep the ball in the right areas, you need to shoot.
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"It kept the game open but we didn't create enough and that's the truth".
Solskjaer clearly felt that the referee should have taken more action to protect the England striker.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer questioned Liverpool's tactics towards Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford as the England worldwide suffered an ankle injury that will sideline him for the visit to Crystal Palace on Wednesday. "Now Wednesday is our next game".
The Liverpool manager suggested his team had been affected by the stop-start nature of the first half.
Liverpool also lost Roberto Firmino before the break, and having only managed a single shot on target beforehand, the Reds subsequently failed to muster another attempt on goal after the Brazilian talisman disappeared down the tunnel.
When asked if he was anxious that Rashford could have made the injury worse by playing on, Solskjaer said: "Very, but he's a warrior and he's a Manc and he knows what this means".