Liverpool set to switch Anfield leg of RB Leipzig clash to neutral venue

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Liverpool may have to play their home leg against RB Leipzig at a neutral venue as Covid-19 restrictions continue to play havoc with the Champions League.

The Reds are already facing the Bundesliga side in Budapest rather than Germany in the first leg of the last-16 tie next week.

That is because of the strict quarantine rules the German government has put in place on travel from the UK due to the coronavirus strains present on these shores.

They refused a request for an exemption for an elite sports team which forced Leipzig and UEFA to find a neutral venue.
The Puskas Arena in the Hungarian city will now host the first leg.

But now the second leg on March 10 could also be switched.

That is because the German government currently would require Leipzig players and staff to self-isolate for 10 days on their return from Merseyside.

They are intent on controlling new strains entering into the country.

The strict rules are set to be reviewed on March 5 and a relaxation would allow the tie to continue as planned at Anfield.

But Liverpool are already seeking alternatives to ensure they are ready to switch the game to a neutral venue.

Uefa said: “UEFA is in touch with the respective clubs, the English Football Association and the German Football Association.”

UEFA have a list of designated neutral venue stadiums that will be looked at.

Manchester City have also seen their first-leg clash with Borussia Monchengladbach moved to a neutral venue.

Pep Guardiola's side will also face the German outfit in Budapest.

While Manchester United will face Real Sociedad in Juventus' home ground in Turin after their Europa League last-32 first leg tie was also switched.

That is due to the Spanish government's restrictions on travel from the UK.

While Arsenal will have to take on Benfica at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome as UK rules force quarantine on return from Portugal.

  • Champions League
  • Liverpool FC
  • RB Leipzig FC

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