Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel says there is no way Neven Subotic will join Liverpool this month unless the decision is taken out of his hands.
It has been suggested in both the English and German media that Subotic would soon join Liverpool on loan for the rest of the season amid a shortage of centre-backs at Anfield.
Tuchel, however, insists the 27-year-old is needed at the Westfalenstadion despite making only two appearances in the Bundesliga this season.
“To Subotic, I can say that we need him as an integral part of the team,” Tuchel told Dortmund’s official website.
“If it remains solely my decision, there is not the slightest reason for a change.”
Liverpool have also been linked with Schalke’s Joel Matip and Inter Milan’s Andrea Ranocchia, but Gazzetta dello Sport claims the Italian club are still waiting for an official offer from the Reds as they stall on Sampdoria’s interest in taking the 23-year-old on loan.
Liverpool have also been linked with Schalke winger Sidney Sam by German publication Kicker.
Sam is surplus to requirements at Schalke, making only two appearances this season in the Europa League this season, having failed to impress since a £1.9million move from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014.