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Liverpool may be forced into venue change for UCL clash with RB Leipzig

Liverpool may be forced to play the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against RB Leipzig in a different country.

The Reds are due to travel to Germany for the clash scheduled for Tuesday February 16.

But an issue has arisen after the German government’s decision to ban any flights into the country until the following day.

Leipzig have already submitted an application for Liverpool to be given special dispensation to land in Germany so the fixture can go ahead as planned.

“Of course we are in talks with the authorities, UEFA and Liverpool,” Red Bull spokesman Till Muller said on Tuesday.

Jurgen Klopp may have to take his side to a different country to face Leipzig

“On Monday we applied for an entry permit for the team from Liverpool. We are waiting for feedback.”

The ban was put in place by Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel to stop residents from the UK, Ireland,Brazil, Portugal and South Africa entering the country, in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Leipzig are due to fly to England for the second leg on March 10, but there is little likelihood of switching the ties around, given Liverpool’s crucial home advantage for the latter fixture.

Liverpool have overcome a similar predicament already this season when their final group stage fixture against FC Midtjylland was under threat due to restrictions in Denmark.

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The clash was eventually held at Midtjylland’s home ground but not before Borussia Dortmund’s stadium had been arranged as a potential stand-by.

Arsenal’s Europa League last-32 meeting with Benfica is also facing the same problem, as Portugal is currently one of the countries on the UK’s banned list.

That clash is due to take place on February 18, with Arsenal currently in discussions with UEFA over changing the match to a neutral stadium.




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