Both Manchester City and Liverpool have denied reports linking the Premier League champions with a move for Anfield star Luis Suarez.
A story emerged in several papers on Thursday morning claiming that Citizens manager Roberto Mancini has told the Etihad Stadium moneymen to sign the Reds striker in January, with their opening bid to be in the region of £50million.
However, the Manchester Evening News soon ran a report claiming senior Manchester City officials had made it clear there was no bid for Suarez, nor was there one planned.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers then used his press conference on Thursday afternoon to dismiss the rumours and assure fans of the Anfield club that the Uruguayan was committed to the club.
“There will be no bidding war, He's staying here. If you lose Luis, then we will have no strikers!” he said.
"He's certainly not someone we want to sell or move on. He has been a brilliant player to work with. We want to add to our squad, not take people out of it, especially world-class players.”
“Luis has already shown his commitment in the summer by signing a new deal.”
Rumours of a possible transfer for the 25-year-old during the summer window were quashed when he put pen to paper and a long-term deal would strengthen Liverpool’s hand in any bargaining.
That wealthy club’s like Manchester City are being linked with Suarez is no surprise, as Liverpool have been struggling to win games this season and would have significantly less points without Suarez’s goals.
The former Ajax star has been magnificent this season, which is fortunate for Rodgers as he is the Reds only fit senior striker, after injuries and the failure to replace Andy Carroll on deadline day left them with depleted resources in that area.