Liverpool have missed out on the signing of Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka.
The Germany international has decided to sign for Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich at the end of the season when his contract expires with his current side.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was hopeful of persuading his compatriot to join him at Anfield at the end of the season, but the Bavarians have beaten him to the deal.
And the twenty-two year old has taken to social media to explain his decision to Schalke supporters.
“I know that in doing this I am disappointing all of you and you will have little understanding of it.” he wrote on Facebook.
“Any statement I make now would not be well received by you.
“I do not want to say goodbye now because there is still the second half of the season to play.
“And anyone who knows me even a little knows that as always I will give my all.
“I want to take Schalke back into the Champions League and I want to win the DFB-Pokal on May 19 in Berlin.” he finished.