Liverpool will steadfastly resist all bids for Fernando Torres after confirming they have rejected an offer from Barclays Premier League rivals Chelsea.
The Stamford Bridge side made an offer, reportedly in the region of £35million, for the Spain international but the Reds flatly refused it. They have absolutely no intention of selling one of their prized assets and, as they did in the summer, have insisted a sale will not be countenanced.
"The player is not for sale," said a club spokesman. "Chelsea have made a bid for Fernando which has been turned down."
Torres has never intimated he wants to leave Anfield, despite a huge amount of speculation when he returned in August as a World Cup winner.
And after a difficult start to the season, Liverpool's worst since 1953/54, when he cut a frustrated figure on the pitch he is starting to look like his old predatory self.
Kenny Dalglish's arrival almost three weeks ago to replace Roy Hodgson lifted all the squad but Torres is one of the players who seems to have benefited the most.
Having scored just once in seven matches prior to the Scot's appointment he has hit three in his last four games - and that would have been four in four had he not had a goal wrongly ruled out for offside in Wednesday's win over Fulham.
But aside from his return to goalscoring form the 26-year-old has looked much sharper than at any other time this season.
Torres had a Â£50million buy-out clause inserted into his contract within the last year but it remains to be seen whether Chelsea will be prepared to match that or, indeed, whether the player would even contemplate a move to Stamford Bridge.