He confirmed the Belgium global is his first-choice for Premier League matches, while Trent Alexander-Arnold could return at right-back. "At the end of the season he will have played 85% to 87% of games".
This was not the result Liverpool had been hoping for on their return to the UEFA Champions League group stage, but there were plenty of positives from the hosts' perspective.
Liverpool fought back with goals from Roberto Firmino and a deflected Mohamed Salah strike, but Joaquin Correa's second-half equaliser following more sloppy defending ensured that the points would be shared. "I don't think it's what we deserved". "But I thought the lads reacted well after the weekend, put in a good shift and going forward we looked exciting and could have scored a few more goals".More news: Hurricane Irma leaves Florida powerless, moves north
Former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson criticised Klopp's team selection in the 5-0 defeat against City and also took aim at the German's failure to sufficiently address his side's defensive issues in the transfer market. For the second consecutive game, they have leaked more goals than what they should have - 2 goals vs xG of 1.32. "They have got us twice on a little bit of a counter-attack", explained Reds captain Jordan Henderson, speaking to BT Sports after the match.
"In an ideal world we (would) have 11 players play the whole season but it is not an ideal world", he said.