Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says there is no deal in place blocking the German from returning to Borussia Dortmund to sign players.
Klopp took over the Anfield reins from Brendan Rodgers in October and there were initial reports suggesting the Bundesliga side had inserted a clause into his Liverpool contract stopping him from raiding his old side for their best players.
That notion has been denied by the 48-year-old coach, who also stated the club cannot afford to spend huge money and they must be realistic in their transfer targets.
“I have no agreement with Borussia Dortmund,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo.
“I heard about an agreement, but no. Yet in my opinion it only makes sense to go for players we think we can get.
“So if we want to battle down the road (Manchester City)… we can pay 100 (million), they can pay 120. It’s a crazy marketplace when you start doing this.
“There are so many mothers in the world that have brilliant sons, so you don’t always have to take the guys that everybody knows
“Maybe you take one. But I have a good relationship still with Borussia Dortmund and with all the players.
“There is nothing between us and if there was a possibility that we could get one of those players AND we needed him, then we could try it.
“But there is no agreement, of course not. And there is no agreement that we can’t sell players to Borussia Dortmund!”
The Sun on Sunday reports Dortmund stars Neven Subotic, Lukasz Piszczek and Sven Bender are targets for Klopp, while the Daily Star Sunday claims Klopp aim to sign winger Marco Reus and defender Mats Hummels from his former employers.