Liverpool might have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic.
They were understood to be lining up a whopping £70million offer for the 20-year-old American in the January window.
However, they might be in for a shock as they were told he will not be sold before the end of the season.
“We have known these rumours for many years,” Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said.
“We plan at least until the end of the season with him.”
Jurgen Klopp’s side could now turn their attentions to a striker as they need competition for Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge’s future remains in huge doubt.
Krzysztof Piatek has been linked with a move to Anfield after his stunning start to the season with Genoa.
The Polish international, 23, is Serie A’s top scorer with nine goals in 12 appearances.
And he appeared to issue a come-and-get-me plea when he was asked about his future – and admitted he is using his current club as a steeping stone.
“Any young player coming here is to use it as the starting point for a step up to a big club,” he said.
He added: “My objective is to play in the Champions League. Genoa and President Enrico Preziosi gave me this great chance and the only way to repay them for the faith and investment is with goals.”
Elsewhere, Fabinho, 25, will reportedly be sold in the winter window – just six months after he arrived in a £40million deal from Monaco.