Liverpool have been told to switch their attentions elsewhere after CSKA Moscow issued a hands-off warning for Japanese star Keisuke Honda.
Honda, 25, has been strongly linked with a move to Anfield after earning rave reviews for the Russian club.
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is keen to strengthen his squad in January and give them every chance of fighting for a top four finish.
Honda is just making a return from knee surgery and hopes to be back in action in the near future.
But CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutsky insists his star midfielder is not going anywhere in January and remains a vital part of their long-term plans.
Slutsky said: "The boy is focused in making a full recovery from his injury. I can assure you that he will be here with us. It is not in our plans to sell him at this stage."