Striker Luis Suarez has released a statement thanking the Liverpool fans and explaining his decision to leave the club following his £70 million move to Barcelona FC.
Both clubs announced on Friday that they had reached an agreement over the transfer of Suarez, subject to a medical and the signing of a five-year contract.
Suarez explains that living with his wife’s family in Spain “is a lifelong dream and ambition”:
“It is with a heavy heart that I leave Liverpool for a new life and new challenges in Spain, Both me and my family have fallen in love with this club and with the city.
“But most of all I have fallen in love with the incredible fans. You have always supported me and we, as a family, will never forget it, we will always be Liverpool supporters.
“I hope you can all understand why I have made this decision. This club did all they could to get me to stay, but playing and living in Spain, where my wife’s family live, is a lifelong dream and ambition. I believe now the timing is right.
“I wish Brendan Rodgers and the team well for the future. The club is in great hands and I’m sure will be successful again next season.
“I am very proud I have played my part in helping to return Liverpool to the elite of the Premier League and in particular back into the Champions League.