Liverpool chief Ian Ayre insists they won't be forced to sell their best players after announcing disappointing financial results yesterday.

Ayre insists Liverpool are under no pressure to sell top players despite the club's accounts revealing their debt has risen to £87.2million.

"We won't be selling anyone because of the financial position," said Ayre. "If we are selling anyone, it will be because they are deemed by the manager to be surplus to his requirements and if that happens we will be replacing them and bringing new players in as we always do.

"There's no panic on part. We feel that we are making progress and improving all the time. Our aspiration for the next couple of years, as the rules will dictate, is to break even and then to make a profit beyond that."