West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke insists striker Shane Long is not for sale.
Long has been linked with Liverpool.
"Liverpool need a striker, Shane is playing well, so a lazy journalist puts it together and makes a story out of it," Clarke told the Birmingham Mail.
"Shane is not for sale. And I'd be very surprised if Brendan Rodgers wanted to take Shane anyway.
"People are merely looking at connections and making stories out of it."