Liverpool fear they have lost out to Bayern Munich in race for Schalke free agent Leon Goretzka

LIVERPOOL are growing resigned to missing out to Bayern Munich in the race for Leon Goretzka.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has been working hard to persuade Schalke star Goretzka to make the move to the Premier League this summer.

Goretzka, 22, is coming to the end of his contract with Schalke and has so far resisted all offers to sign a new deal with his club.

Liverpool have made several approaches to the midfielder who is able to join another club this summer as a free agent.

But the Mirror say Klopp and his Anfield bosses now fear they are going to fail in their attempts to bring the German international to Merseyside.

Manchester United are another Premier League club who have shown an interest in snapping up the highly-rated player.

But it is German giants Bayern who now appear to be on the verge of winning the chase for his signature.

Bayern have been in close contact with Goretzka and his advisers over the past two months and have made it clear they believe he can be an important player for them.

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