Liverpool begin their Champions League defense with a Group E opener against Napoli on Tuesday night. Klopp has revealed the competition for places in the squad and he considers changes for Liverpool against Napoli.
Jordan Henderson will probably start against Napoli at San Paolo having been an unused substitute at the weekend, while Divock Origi is out and Andy Robertson will have a late fitness test.
Roberto Firmino could make the 200th appearance of his Liverpool career tonight. The Brazilian has been involved in 22 goals in 25 Champions League appearances since the start of 2017-18. 14 goals & eight assists; more than any other player for the club in this period.
Klopp said: “The competition in this team is really big. If the line-up is not performing, they (the other players) are really there.
“As an example, Shaq is brought in in that position where he has been training for a couple of weeks now.
“He is so creative. He is a real option.
“If you have one good game and another good game the dynamic changes.
“Dejan Lovren is not in the squad and I have no explanation for that other than two centre-halves on the bench is probably not necessary.
“Naby Keita is coming, everyone knows that. When Ox played really well at Southampton, for the all others it was ‘ooh’ – you should see training. They all want to make sure, ‘I am ready, you can use me’.
“This is a really big club with competition between friends. It is not ‘I have to kill him to play’, it is really for the team. That is what the boys did so far and as long as we have that we will go for everything.”
Shaqiri is desperate for minutes and wants to make a difference, and this is his chance to excel, if what Klopp says is true.