Liverpool have recalled goalkeeper Danny Ward from his loan spell at Aberdeen.
The 22-year-old was due to be at Pittodrie until the summer and has been an ever present in the first team, keeping 11 clean sheets in 29 matches.
"Naturally we are disappointed Liverpool have opted to recall Danny," said Dons manager Derek McInnes.
"We thank Liverpool for believing Pittodrie would be a good platform for Danny to continue his development."
Ward's final appearance for Aberdeen was in a 1-0 loss to Hearts in the Scottish Cup on Saturday.
|Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp|
|"It was an easy decision because we watched the improvement and development of Danny at Aberdeen."It's a moment where we have to make decisions about all the players, some of them are our players but are on loan. In the case of Danny we thought it's a good idea to get him back and that's what we did."|
He leaves with the club sitting second in the Scottish Premiership.
"His progression has been clear for all to see and he's demonstrated to everyone what a capable keeper he is," added McInnes on the Aberdeen website.
"Everyone at AFC would like to thank him for all his efforts during his time here and wish him all her very best in his future career."
Capped at youth level, Ward has been an unused substitute for Wales in recent months and is hopeful of being in the squad for Euro 2016.
Scott Brown has been providing cover for Ward on the Aberdeen bench this season, while Danny Rogers is out on loan at Falkirk.