Liverpool’s Champions League last-16 first leg clash could be played at TOTTENHAM with decision to be made on Monday, reveals RB Leipzig chief Oliver Mintzlaff with Reds unable to travel to Germany due to Covid rules
Liverpool will play their Champions League match against RB Leipzig at the Puskas Arena in Budapest or at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, according to Sky Germany.
The first leg of the tie has had to be altered because of German travel restrictions due to coronavirus preventing Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side making the trip.
RB Leipzig’s CEO Oliver Mintzlaff has confirmed the decision between the two possible locations will be made on Monday, with the match currently scheduled for February 16.
Liverpool will not be able to travel to Germany for their Champions League tie with RB Leipzig
The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium could be used by RB Leipzig for their home leg of the tie
Germany banned travel from countries affected by virus mutations until at least February 17.
Officials in Germany have insisted Liverpool will not be afforded special treatment – with exceptions to the crackdown only applying to German citizens or residents.
‘The Corona Protection Order agreed by the federal government last Friday envisions only a few exceptions and no special arrangement for professional athletes,’ the German Interior Ministry said in a statement.
‘The federal police has told the RB Leipzig club that the circumstances of the given case do not meet the requirements for an exemption.’
The Puskas Arena is one possible alternative provided by UEFA as part of a contingency plan
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.
However, Leipzig were also able to make contact with stadiums in England, with the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium now a possible venue.
Another option was reversing the order of the tie, with the first game being played in Liverpool instead.
However the Reds were thought to be unwilling to sacrifice the advantage they gained by finishing top of their group.
Germany’s latest coronavirus travel restrictions have affected a handful of European games
Germany’s border restrictions may also affect Manchester City’s trip to face Borussia Monchengladbach on February 24 should the ban be extended.
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.