Nabil Fekir has revealed that when his proposed move to Liverpool in the summer of 2018 fell through, he had a "sad period."
Fekir was generally expected to conclude a move to Anfield after a Ligue 1 season in which he scored 18 goals and assisted on seven more in 30 appearances for Lyon.
However, negotiations for the Frenchman fell through before he joined Real Betis the following year, and he has since denied that his injury problems hindered him from joining Jurgen Klopp's side.
Speaking to The Times, the 28-year-old said: "It was a dark moment. I saw plenty of things that weren't true. It was said the knee stopped me going to Liverpool but that wasn't true.
"I went to Clairefontaine [France's football center near Paris], and they did all the proof [medical] and the knee was fine. I had a problem with my agent, my adviser. It was the agent [who was] responsible for the deal not going through.
"Of course I was disappointed not to go to Liverpool, very disappointed because Liverpool are a great club. I met the coach, Jurgen Klopp, and it went well. After meeting him, I wanted to join Liverpool even more. He's a good person.
"It was really difficult to deal with as I really wanted to go to Liverpool. It was a moment that was not easy for me."
Fekir has scored 12 goals and added 13 assists in two seasons with Betis, but his contract with the La Liga club is set to end in 2023.