Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists he has not received any offers for Sebastian Coates before admitting that it will take time for him to get things right at Anfield.
The Reds suffered an embarrassing 3-2 defeat to Oldham Athletic on Sunday and Coates, who was handed a rare start, endured a difficult afternoon at Boundary Park.
The Uruguayan has failed to dislodge Martin Skrtel or Daniel Agger since arriving on Merseyside in 2011 and has been tipped to leave the club before the close of the transfer window.
Rodgers admits the giant defender needs first-team football but says he is needed at Anfield.
When asked if he had received offers for the 22-year-old, he said: "No, nothing thus far. [He's] a player who needs games, but we need to keep the group."
The Northern Irishman has brought Daniel Sturridge in this month and is thought to be close to signing Philippe Coutinho but feels his squad is still a long way away from challenging for top honours.
He added: "It's going to take a few windows to get the squad competitive."