The manager has been resistant to talk up the narrative between the two attackers and explained his thinking of selecting the Dutchman ahead of Nunez at Bramall Lane.
When asked about his changes and what he wants to see from Gakpo, Klopp told Amazon Prime: “Just a good game, with our offensive four now, unfortunately, we have to share it between them.
“The quality is there, we are happy with all of them. It is just how we want to start and who comes on.
“Cody deserves it, obviously, but Darwin didn’t deserve not to start and he will play tonight, he will be very important for us.
“In this busy schedule, you have to make sure you can use as many as possible and still give rhythm to as many as possible.”
While Diogo Jota has taken a step in his recovery from a hamstring injury by starting to run again, Klopp knows he has to carefully manage the minutes of his forwards.
Klopp made four changes in total and though he insists he focuses on one game at a time, it will not be lost on him that Liverpool face Crystal Palace on Saturday in the 12.30pm kickoff.