Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says there was never a conversation in the summer about selling Daniel Sturridge.
The striker was strongly linked with a move to West Ham or Newcastle as he is clearly not part of Klopp’s first-choice XI.
But with Sadio Mane still suspended, Sturridge is likely to start against Leicester on Saturday night.
Klopp has insisted that he was only left out of the midweek cup defeat to the same opposition because he was needed this weekend.
Asked if it was ever a possibility that Sturridge would leave in the summer, Klopp said: “We had a good talk and it was not a case of him asking when or where he could go. It was about what we planned for this season.
“He is important to us and I could have taken him to Leicester in midweek but I can only select 11 players and Daniel would not have started. So we took a responsible decision.
“Rather than take him for 10 or maybe 20 minutes from the bench, we thought it was better to leave him behind so he could train twice and get better physically.
“We had Dom Solanke and Danny Ings for the bench and the more Daniel trains the better he gets, so that was the only reason for it.”