Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has angrily denied that the club are considering selling much maligned striker Andy Carroll during the transfer window.
Carroll has scored only six goals for the Reds since his £35 million from Newcastle 12 months ago, and has been linked with a move back to his former club.
Reports in recent days have claimed Liverpool have offered Newcastle the chance to re-sign the 23-year-old in a cut price deal, although this has been denied by the player's agent.
Dalglish has now had his say on the speculation surrounding Carroll's future at Anfield and, as expected, has dismissed the rumours as pure fantasy.
"I am worried about the people that invent them," he said following Liverpool's win over Manchester City on Wednesday.
"You have absolutely no foundation whatsoever (for the stories).
"I don't need to justify what is in the paper. I have stood up - and always will stand up - for the players."