A picture claiming to be of an email from Liverpool Chief Executive Ian Ayre sanctioning the sale of striker Luis Suarez is fake, say the club.
Suarez has revealed in a series of interviews while away on international duty that he wants a move away from Liverpool and has hinted he would favour a switch to Real Madrid - with the Spanish club said to be interested in securing his services.
However Liverpool were quick to issue a statement denying they would ever entertain selling the controversial forward, who scored 23 goals in the Premier League last season.
Earlier this week a picture began circulating of an email said to be from Ayre.
In it, Ayre is alleged to have written: "Talks are an at an advanced stage, once Real are content with their side of the deal they will formally approach with permission to speak.
"This will be granted on submission of a transfer request. This worked particularly well in the case of FT (Fernando Torres) and gave a clear indication to our supporter base that the player was behind the move and not the club."
Liverpool have moved to refute the authenticity of the email, with a club spokesman saying: The email is a complete fake. There is no truth in it whatsoever."
Regardless of the email the Merseyside club face a fight if they are to keep hold of their main striker.
Suarez says he wants to leave England because of press intrusion into his life following his 10-game ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic.
Real Madrid are said to be interested in signing him this summer, although they appear to have made Tottenham's Gareth Bale their number one target.