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West Brom manager Steve Clarke has denied suggestions striker Shane Long may join Liverpool in the January transfer window.
The Republic of Ireland international has scored seven goals in 16 appearances for the Baggies this season, leading to speculation he may become a transfer target.
But Clarke insists there is no truth in the rumours linking him with Liverpool, despite a lack of firepower in Brendan Rodgers' side.
"Liverpool need a striker, Shane is playing well, so a lazy journalist puts it together and makes a story out of it," Clarke told the Birmingham Mail.
"Shane is not for sale. And I'd be very surprised if Brendan Rodgers wanted to take Shane anyway.
"People are merely looking at connections and making stories out of it."
Source: Sky Sports
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