“You can decide how long you play, I don't care!" the German tells his squad. “After 10, 15 or 20 minutes, if you feel you're not in your best shape anymore, believe me we already knew it five minutes earlier.
“I know a few of you, as a pundit especially, so today you will play 120 minutes," Klopp then jokes to Sky Sports pundit Redknapp before turning his attention to the absent Heskey as he acknowledges a late change to his team.
“In this moment, Mr Heskey is not here. We don't know why so before we start blaming him we should make sure he's ok."
He continued: “You should not have to worry, I saw their team. Stoichkov, how old is he? My age? Older?"
Prompting laughter from his squad throughout, Klopp saw the end of his team talk greeted with a round of applause.
“Wow! That's the first time that's happened!" he concluded.