Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed he would "need to be a nutcase" to let striker Andy Carroll leave the club on loan.
Rodgers hit out at Newcastle United for trying to get Carroll – a player it sold to Liverpool for £35 million ($52.9 million) in
"There is absolutely no chance [of a loan deal] – and certainly not Newcastle," Rodgers said, quoted by The Guardian.
"Newcastle got £35 million for this player last year. To even consider wanting to take him on loan is a liberty, really.
"We have got a very small squad as it is. We have lost a lot of players this summer and I have not replaced them, as of yet. That is the reality of where we are.
"I need a minimum of three strikers. Once the window shuts, that is it until January. I have got [
"I would need to be a nutcase even to consider at this moment to let Carroll go out, unless there are other solutions for that."
Newcastle and other clubs were alerted to Carroll's potential availability in July when Rodgers suggested he would be open to a loan move for the 23-year-old if it "can benefit the club in the long term".
However, the offer made by Newcastle – reported to be a loan move with a view to a £12 million ($18 million) permanent return to
Carroll is in a Liverpool squad missing the likes of
"He is due to start but he has felt a slight twinge, so we have had it looked at and scanned," Rodgers said.
"We will see what his response is over the next 24 hours. If he is available and then fit, he will start."
Meanwhile, Rodgers indicated he did not expect any further developments in Manchester City's pursuit of defender Daniel Agger – also due to start against Hearts – as he will be suspended for the weekend's meeting with City at Anfield.
"I can't see anything at this stage, to be honest," Rodgers said. "He is not a player that I want to lose.
"Like every player in the group, if someone comes in with a big, big offer then that might be out of my hands in relation to the club and where it is at with finances.
"I have never thought that I was going to lose Daniel. Secondly, he doesn't want to go."
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