Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has flatly rejected suggestions he is looking to sell goalkeeper Jose Reina and placed his faith in the Spain international to regain his best form ahead of their crunch Europa League clash with Udinese.
Reports claimed the Reds boss was planning a January move for Birmingham's England goalkeeper Jack Butland or young German prospect Ron-Robert Zieler to throw Reina's future into doubt.
However, Rodgers denied that was the case and, in breaking with policy and not commenting on speculation, he stressed goalkeeper was not a position he was looking at strengthening next month.
``I don't like to talk about speculation as I've know in my time at Liverpool the names we have been linked with has been incredible,'' he told Press Association Sport.
``But what is worth putting on record is that I'm not looking for another goalkeeper.
``We have been linked with lots of goalkeepers. I have two very good goalkeepers - Pepe Reina and Brad Jones, who is a very loyal and capable number two.
``Any areas we look to improve will be in other areas.''
Reina has had a poor last couple of seasons and, when he was ruled out for a month with a hamstring injury in October, Jones' performances led to questions about whether the Spaniard would regain his place.
He duly did when fit and Rodgers expects him to occupy the first-choice position for several years to come.
``Pepe Reina is clearly our number one goalkeeper, one of the best goalkeepers in the league,'' the Northern Irishman added.
``He had a difficult couple of years but for me his best years are ahead of him and his commitment to the cause and what we are trying to achieve is 150 per cent.''
Reina is expected to start in Liverpool's crucial final Europa League Group A match against already-eliminated Udinese at the Stadio Friuli.
Defeat would see them fail to make the last 32 but a positive result - providing they at least match Young Boys' display at home to Anzhi Makhachkala, who have already booked their place in the knockout stage - would see them go through.
``It is very important for us. It is a competition we all want to do well in and we've never felt at any moment that we want to be out of it,'' said Rodgers, dismissing suggestions his side - currently 11th in the Barclays Premier League - would be better off out of Europe.
``We've had one or two frustrations at home but ultimately if we qualify it will be terrific considering everything we've been through,'' he added.
Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin insists his already-eliminated side will be competitive in the match.
``We are sorry to be out of Europe because I see it as a failure, it's like we have not passed an exam,'' said Guidolin, whose side missed the knockout stage for the first time in the club's four seasons in the Europa League and - in the competition's previous incarnation - the UEFA Cup group stages.
He added: ``But in sport, and in life, this is the way it is. We now have to show lots of pride and dignity and leave with our heads held high, as we have done for the last year-and-a-half in the Europa League.''