Jürgen Klopp gave very little away when asked about Liverpool's chase for Borussia Dortmund youngster Christian Pulisic - with it expected that a deal for the winger may have to wait for another transfer window.
The Reds submitted an £11 million bid for the American teenager, who is also attracting interest from Stoke City, Mainz and Red Bull Liepzig, earlier this week.
But the Bundesliga club are reluctant to do business for the promising 17-year-old - who scored twice in 12 first-team appearances last term.
"Nothing to speak about" on Pulisic, says Klopp
Pulisic, who has won six caps for the United States and scored once, signed for Dortmund under Klopp and was promoted to the senior squad by the German but made his debut under Thomas Tuchel last term.
He could be convinced by the prospect of moving to Merseyside to reunite with the Liverpool manager, but it is thought the Premier League club will be made to wait with the current window closing on Wednesday and no agreement in sight.
Nevertheless, Liverpool will maintain their interest in Pulisic - who only has two years left on his current deal - in the hope that a deal can be struck in the future.
Klopp, speaking after his side had drawn 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday, refused to be drawn over any potential deal.
Asked about their bid, he told journalists that he would not be talking about transfer rumours and that there is "absolutely nothing to speak about."
He said: "When we know something and when we are close to doing something, then we will inform you – or a little bit later."
Klopp convinced Milner good enough at left-back to remove the need for new signing
With further signings currently unlikely, Klopp was forced to address the left-back situation with James Milner once again deputising there in north London.
He has now taken up the berth on the left side of defence in the last three games and scored a first-half penalty at White Hart Lane, where he performed generally well against Mauricio Pochettino's charges.
Despite having Alberto Moreno as another option there, Liverpool seemingly have very little left-back cover in case of injuries or the need for rotation - but Klopp believes their current options are enough.
He suggested that he and his backroom staff made a mutual decision to play Milner at left-back because he suits their demands "in the kind of play we think we should play."
Klopp declared that full-back is not simply "a winger in the offensive situations" but comprises of "something like eight [roles] in different moments" and said it "a really good position" for Milner.
He admitted the vice-captain still has "to adapt and learn" to play at left-back because he is inexperienced there, but said they will "work on it" and that they are "convinced" he is good enough to do so which is why they "didn't make the transfer" to sign a new left-back.