Brendan Rodgers insists he has no intention of allowing Liverpool teenagers Raheem Sterling or Suso to leave the club on loan.
Suso was a regular in Rodgers’ squads earlier in the season, but has not made a first-team appearance since the FA Cup third-round win at Mansfield on January 6.
Sterling, meanwhile, had a spectacular first half of the season, making his England debut against Sweden in November and signing a new five-year contract shortly after turning 18 in December. He too, though, has been used more sparingly by Rodgers since the turn of the year, and has not started a Premier League game for two months.
The Reds boss has instead preferred to allow both players to continue their development in the club’s Under-21 side, but still sees the pair as key members of his first-team squad.
Reports had suggested that Sterling was set for a loan move to the Championship, with leaders Cardiff cited as a possible destination, along with Bolton, Brighton and Blackpool. Suso was linked with a loan switch to Wigan recently, but insisted that he was happy staying at Anfield.
And Rodgers said: “It’s very simple. They’re not available for loan. I’m not sure where the stories have come from. They’re both young players who have played a lot this year, and they’ve been very much a part of our group.
“Raheem’s been outstanding this year. He’s only young, and we need to nurture and protect him. On top of that, we’ve got a very small squad, and those two boys are an integral part of it. It’s something that won’t happen.”