Jurgen Klopp says Daniel Sturridge never asked to leave the club and the striker has a big role to play this season, as he has improved his game.
The England international struggled for gametime last season and was rumoured to be on his way out of the club.
However, no deal materialised and Origi was the only forward to leave on loan. And Klopp insisted the talk of Sturridge leaving was never discussed.
The German coach said: “Yes, we did talk and it was good.
“It was not a talk of him saying, ‘When can I go?’ or, ‘Where can I go?’ Not that talk, but about what we planned for this season.
“It is not if he could be important. He is important. But in the end, I have 11 players and stuff like this. We are fine.”
“He’s always getting better because he can train all the time,” said the Reds boss.
“We decided not to take him to Leicester [in midweek] and that was a responsible decision. We would have taken him, but he would not have started. Maybe he would have had 10 minutes, 30 minutes or extra-time.
“But then we decided it was better to stay here and train twice, because he can get better physically.