Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has praised striker Andy Carroll amid speculation the club have tried to offload their record signing.
Reports on Sunday have claimed Manchester City turned down an approach from the Merseysiders about a potential swap deal with Carlos Tevez and the £35million England international.
That came on the back of speculation earlier this month - dismissed by Liverpool - that Newcastle were keen to take their former number nine back to the North East if they could get a cut-price deal.
Liverpool have refused to comment on the story, insisting they never do on transfer speculation, but after Carroll played a part in both goals in Saturday's 2-1 FA Cup win over Manchester United, Dalglish was quick to praise the striker, who has had a tough first 12 months for his new club.
"I thought Andy had a fantastic game," said the Scot.
"He works really hard and gave everything he's got for us.
"He has a lot of attributes for us to work on. I am sure that (performance) will do him no harm whatsoever in terms of confidence.
"The individual awards are all well and good but collectively we want to start showing an improvement and winning things and if we continue with that commitment we have a chance."