Jurgen Klopp has claimed that the reason behind Mario Gotze's transfer to Bayern Munich was the playmaker's wish to play under Pep Guardiola.
The Borussia Dortmund star looks set to move to the Allianz Arena at the end of the current campaign after the Bavarians triggered his €37.5 million release clause and Klopp admitted that the former Barcelona trainer was involved in the move.
"The reason Gotze is leaving? He is the favorite transfer of Guardiola," Klopp told reporters.
"So if it's anyones fault it's mine. I cannot make myself 15cm smaller and learn Spanish! Gotze wants to work with this extraordinary coach that is Guardiola.
"I cannot preach football of quick transitions and now start playing Tiki Taka."
Klopp also bemoaned their great rival's decision to buy one of die Schwarzgelben's best players and hinted that the German champions do not want his side to be successful.
"I did not think Bayern wanted to annoy us like this. The rivalry does not go this far.
"Somebody, whoever that might be, does not want us to be successful. But we will do whatever it takes not to let that happen.
"If you react in the right way, you can gain strength out of every situation."
The 45-year-old admitted that he wasn't happy about the move and stressed that he understands the frustrations the players and supporters will feel, he hopes it will not let it affect them in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.
"I knew the day after the Malaga second leg," Klopp continued. "So I had 24 hours to be happy about that result.
"I can assure that nobody needs to worry about our focus. This is a now more important situation than it ever was.
"I hope fans take the time to get over the change properly. This game is too important an opportunity for us to miss."