Klopp defiant: The media are creating stories. None of my players are for sale

Jurgen Klopp slapped down the media as he prepares his Liverpool team to face Bournemouth away on Sunday.

Liverpool's will be hoping to stretch their unbeaten run to 16 games in all competitions - and to continue to push the pace near the summit of the Premier League.

Daniel Sturridge, who missed last weekend's game with what was then called a 'tight calf' has not yet returned to training almost a week later.  The Liverpool boss was asked about the players future at the club.

He said:

"The funny thing is you create stories that aren't stories, and then you ask me about the stories that aren't stories.

There is absolutely no thought or idea to sell any player from the first team squad. I don’t think it would make sense.

Unfortunately Daniel is not in training now and that is what I am more concerned about than any transfer rumours, but I am prepared for everything you could ask me in January.”

Philippe Coutinho is likely to be out of action until mid-January, and Sadio Mane will be leaving Liverpool for a spell in the New Year to take part in the African Cup of Nations.

Liverpool have been hit by a mini-injury wave affecting the attacking players.

Klopp also provided an update on Adam Lallana, who is back in training, and Roberto Firmino who was kicked towards the end of last weekend's game against Sunderland.

“Adam’s first session was on Thursday and it was good but of course we need to see how he reacts to the intensity of the training because it was quite intense for him.

Roberto trained yesterday too. He still has a little bit of pain but it is painful but not serious. He’s quite a tough guy and came through the session so we will see how he reacts.”

Bournemouth v Liverpool kicks off on Sunday at 1:30pm UK and will be broadcast by Sky Sports 1 and online.

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  • Jim Needham

    Well said boss! Last thing we need is to lose any further players by selling them in January. We’ve got 13 games in December and January. Mane’s going away for January. That number of games, plus the fact we already have injuries, means we are going to pick up more knocks.

    We need to still be involved and competitive come February.