The reigning Premier League champions made seven changes from the team that lost to Chelsea on Thursday with star attackers Firmino and Mane the most surprising absentees.
With a Champions League last-16 clash against RB Leipzig on Wednesday, Klopp – who conceded the title last month – is now clearly prioritising Liverpool’s European campaign.
Firmino did not make the squad at all due to a small injury, with centre-back Ozan Kabak also sidelined, while the likes of Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold are simply rested.
‘Two changes we had to make because of little injuries, with Bobby and Ozan,’ Klopp explained to Sky Sports before the match.
‘The others we thought it made absolute sense. We are in an intense period and we have the opportunity now to change some players.
Fulham boss Scott Parker was not taking much notice of Liverpool’s string of changes and feels they have still put out a very capable team full of excellent players.
‘Look, Liverpool are a football club that have an array of talent and a big squad,’ he said shortly before kick-off.
‘They have a lot of fixtures in that as well and I heard Jurgen’s press conference and he allude that he was maybe going to freshen things up and that looks like what he’s done.
‘So as always, some names may not be on the team sheet but the names that are coming in have big quality and we need to be fully aware of that.’