After his surprise call-up while injured, Ibrahima Konate has now been cut from the France squad this month with the nature of his injury explained.
Konate has missed the last two games for Liverpool with an injury unspecified by the club, but he had been included by France manager Didier Deschamps.
The 24-year-old was then due for checks on Monday, before joining up with his international team-mates for a Euro 2024 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland and a friendly against Germany.
But the French Football Federation confirmed a day early that, having “insufficiently recovered,” Konate had been replaced by Jean-Clair Tobido.
Sunday’s news came as no surprise given Liverpool’s No. 5 had not been involved in recent weeks, with bemusement over his initial call-up.
The FFF statement did, at least, provide clarity over Konate’s injury, with the issue in his left hamstring, having previously been described as a minor muscle problem.
It remains to be seen whether he will be fully fit in time for the trip to Wolves on September 16, though now there will no risks taken with France.
“Both centre-halves played an exceptional game – with different jobs, to be honest,” Klopp told reporters after Sunday’s win.
“[Moussa] Diaby was hiding in midfield in the nine-and-a-half, 10 position, so Joey had to step in there. That leaves Joel in a one-on-one with Ollie Watkins.
“As much as I love Joel, I think we know that Ollie Watkins might be a bit quicker than Joel! He did really, really well.”
On Gomez, Klopp added: “Joey, I’m really pleased for him. I’m really pleased.
“Against Newcastle it was, by the way, that [way] already to be honest when he came on.”
Despite calls to bring in a new centre-back before the transfer deadline, Klopp appears confident in his current crop.