Jurgen Klopp has made it clear that Steven Gerrard will not be returning to Liverpool on loan as he is content with the squad he currently has.
Klopp admitted that Liverpool are still getting over the fact that Gerrard left Anfield after 17 years to join LA Galaxy.
However, Gerrard has been training with the Reds during the MLS off-season and this has ignited rumours of a potential comeback for the club's legendary captain.
But, Klopp insisted that Gerrard will not be donning a Liverpool jersey again, and told Sky Sports: “I'm a very optimistic guy, but Stevie has another year's contract in Los Angeles.
“No [he will definitely not be coming back on loan], but if we can help him with whatever, we will do it, of course.
“It's the first year after Stevie – the dominant player of the last 20 years and then he went out of the dressing room. How could the players immediately fill this gap, how could they do it? They start and they all try, but these are young lads.
“It's not an excuse, it's only to describe the situation. That's all the things that we're working on.”
In regards to the January transfer period, Klopp admitted that Liverpool may look to sign some players should the club be hit with more injuries.
The Reds are currently without defender Martin Skrtel, who is out for six weeks with a hamstring injury, while Danny Ings and Joe Gomez face lengthier spells on the sidelines after both of them ruptured their ACL.
“We have problems with injuries, unbelievable. [But] because everyone is asking me for transfers, it's not a reason to do them,” Klopp said. “We are prepared for all situations, we know the whole market, we know the prices, all of these things.
“If we have more injuries – and we have enough injuries – we have to think about it. If not, we have to work with the players we have.”