Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez admits he was 'surprised' to be linked with a bid for Wigan Athletic striker Emile Heskey.
The 30-year-old has been mooted for a return to Anfield, having previously left the Reds for Birmingham City in 2004.
Heskey is out of contract at the end of the season and speculation has suggested he could leave Wigan in a cut-price deal in January.
Aston Villa have been linked with a bid, while recent reports claim Benitez wants to hand Heskey a second spell on Merseyside.
On Friday, Heskey admitted that a move to Liverpool would be 'lovely' after revealing he is keen to play in the UEFA Champions League again.
Wigan boss Steve Bruce is hoping to persuade Heskey to sign a new contract, but the England international wants to keep his options open.
However, ahead of Wigan's trip to Anfield on Saturday, Liverpool chief Benitez did not want to go into detail regarding the speculation.
Benitez told a press conference: "You know my idea is not to talk about players playing for another team, especially before a game, so I was surprised."