Remember Jay Spearing? The midfield bulldog who now plays his football for Blackpool in the third tier was a regular starter under Hodgson.
Klopp refused to blame an intense sequence of fixtures for his team's subdued display and insisted there would be no repeat when Manchester City visit Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday.
Liverpool's passage to the Champions League knockout rounds last season went down to the final round of group stage matches.
Klopp is unlikely to make too many changes but the likes of Joel Matip and Naby Keita could freshen things up while Xhedran Shaqiri and Sturridge are also pushing for recalls.
Keita was transferred to a local hospital with the club doctor, where - with the midfielder's agreement - he underwent a number of precautionary health checks to assess his condition.
Klopp had seemingly settled on playing for a point when Fabinho was introduced for James Milner to add more control to Liverpool's play 14 minutes from time.
"We have done it better this season, so we can do it - but we have to do it every game".
A spell back in the Midlands seems to have revitalised the 29-year-old, however, and he has returned to score four goals in seven appearances so far this campaign.
"Before I arrived at Liverpool, I said he was one of the best strikers in the league and he shows it when he's fit", he explained.
It is going to be a hard balancing act for the German, as Pool can take a giant step towards the Champions League group stage if they can see off Napoli, but at the same time their Premier League campaign could hinge on the outcome at Anfield on Sunday.