Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits the authority to sign players in the transfer window rests not with him but with the people who hold the purse strings.
Following the 1-0 Premier League defeat to Burnley on Thursday night, the Reds boss said: "These decisions are not my decisions. I cannot decide if we do something in the transfer market or not."
"We discuss the situation pretty much on a daily basis, could we improve something or not and we make recommendations but I cannot spend the money. I never did. Is that news to you?
"I don't want to confuse anybody. I just said what I said."
Klopp's latest comments support the stance he has maintained all month that there will be no new arrivals in January, even though his misfiring side look in desperate need of rejuvenation
He remains short of two center-backs with Van Dijk and Joe Gomez likely to be out for most if not all the season with knee injuries, with his only other senior central defender Joel Matip returning after a four-match absence in the defeat to Burnley.