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Liverpool could play RB Leipzig ‘twice in England’

Liverpool could play RB Leipzig twice in England with Covid-19 regulations affecting travel plans.

Jurgen Klopp’s men will take on the Bundesliga outfit on February 16, with the first leg set to go ahead in Germany.

But that is now in dispute as a result of the current travel ban in place.

Flights from the United Kingdom are currently not allowed to leave for Germany, with the ban expiring the day after the Champions League tie.

RB Leipzig are waiting to hear back from the government over whether they will be permitted to travel, report the Daily Mail.

But a contingency plan is being put in place in case the ban is upheld.

Liverpool could take on RB Leipzig twice in England

According to the Daily Mail, a stadium in London has been contacted over holding the first-leg of the tie.

Should the plan get the go-ahead, it would mean Liverpool would have the technical advantage of playing both legs ‘at home’ with the two matches taking place in England.

That is despite the fact that both games will be played behind closed doors no matter what.

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The German government has insisted they will stick to a strict regime regarding travelling, telling elite sport clubs they are not exempt.

But Leipzig are hopeful over an exception being made after making an application on Monday.

All flights are banned from travelling to Germany until February 17.

Covid regulations could prevent Liverpool from travelling to Germany

There are other plans in place, including reversing the fixtures so that the first leg will take place at the Red Bull Arena instead, as well as making it a one-off tie.

But the Daily Mail go on to report that Liverpool are not keen on giving up their advantage after topping their Champions League group.

UEFA rules dictate that they can step in if a club cannot support a necessary tie and ‘assign an alternative venue for any match or even to decide that either or both legs of the relevant round be rescheduled and/or played in a neutral country and/or organised as a single leg’.

As well as Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are also looking to further their European expeditions in the Champions League this month.

Thomas Tuchel joined as Blues manager last month and will go head to head with Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone.

While City face another Bundesliga outfit in Borussia Monchengladbach, though it remains to be seen how that tie will go ahead with the first leg scheduled in Germany.




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