Budapest lined up as possible host of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with RB Leipzig with Jurgen Klopp’s side NOT allowed to enter Germany due to Covid crackdown
Liverpool will play the first leg of their Champions League clash with RB Leipzig in Hungary – unless the German club can find an alternative venue.
Talks are also ongoing with other venues – including some in England – after the German government imposed a travel ban in light of the ongoing pandemic and there are no exceptions for professional sports teams, meaning the last 16 fixture must be switched.
UEFA made contingency plans at the beginning of the campaign to find ‘safe’ venues, should something like this happen, and the Puskas Arena in Budapest has been designated as the stadium that will stage the clash.
Liverpool will not be able to travel to Germany for their Champions League tie with RB Leipzig
The Puskas Arena hosted the UEFA Super Cup between Bayern Munich and Sevilla last year
As the hosts, Leipzig are permitted to come up with a suitable alternative – Sportsmail reported this week that contact has already been made with venues in England – but with only 11 days until the game, time is against them.
If they do not come up with a solution, UEFA will have the final say and the game will move to Hungary. Liverpool are awaiting further developments.
It is understood that a stadium in the London area has already been contacted as part of the preparations to ensure the tie goes ahead elsewhere.
A number of options are now under consideration to ensure the last-16 showdown takes place
UEFA have signalled they will be open to delaying fixtures currently affected by travel restrictions across the globe.
The latest possible date to finish last-16 games has been set on April 2, it was revealed on Tuesday.
Germany’s border restrictions may also affect Manchester City’s trip to face Borussia Monchengladbach on February 24 should the ban be extended.