Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has vowed to fight to keep hold of Fernando Torres should Manchester United come calling.
Wayne Rooney's wish to leave Old Trafford could result in the Red Devils entering the market to sign a top-quality replacement.
Rooney is unsettled at United and has signalled his intention not to sign a new contract.
That has led to suggestions that Torres could be a transfer target for Sir Alex Ferguson when the window reopens in January.
However, Hodgson insists Torres is going nowhere and has vowed to keep hold of one of his prize assets.
"I think I'd have to say we'd cross that bridge when we come to it," he said.
"I am pretty sure when a great player like Wayne Rooney is looking to leave his club, Manchester United will be in a position to target an awful lot of players around the world.
"I don't think Fernando Torres would be the only player they will be targeting or (we would be) the only club worried their star striker is going to be a target.
"They will have the opportunity to replace him with many star strikers around the world, so all I can say is I am not naive to the situation.
"I am not naive enough to think there is no danger we will ever lose a player like Fernando Torres.
"I can only hope we won't and I will make certain I do everything in my power to keep him happy at the club, help him improve his current form and to get him playing for Liverpool as he has in the past."