Liverpool set to be forced into venue change for Champions League clash

Liverpool look set to be forced into a change of venue for their final Champions League group fixture due to coronavirus restrictions.

The Reds were due to face FC Midtjylland in Denmark on December 9, but the UK is currently on the list of countries banned from travelling to the Scandinavian nation.

That has now caused UEFA into a rethink, and a new location has been proposed, as reports the Echo.

Fortunately for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, it’s at a ground he knows well, as Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion is the candidate most likely to play host.

There are several other options available though, and a final decision on the Group D tie is yet to be reached as UEFA continues to liaise with both clubs.

Liverpool may have to play their final Group D match at a different venue

Klopp spent seven years as manager of Dortmund prior to joining Liverpool and took the Merseyside club there in the first leg of their Europa League clash in 2016.

The change may not play too much havoc with Liverpool’s chances of progressing, given they could already be through into the knockout stage the time the Midtjylland fixture comes round.

Three points against Atalanta in the Anfield clash on Wednesday would seal Liverpool’s passage to the last-16 with two games still to play.

The return of forward Mohamed Salah has provided Klopp with a timely boost too, following the Egyptian’s own battle with Covid-19.

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Mo Salah returns for the clash with Atalanta
Mo Salah returns for the clash with Atalanta

Salah is set to go straight back into the starting XI with Sadio Mane dropping to the bench.

That is one of several changes Klopp is expected to make to the side which beat Leicester convincingly on Sunday.

Youngster Rhys Williams is in contention to play a part in central defence, while fellow namesake Neco Williams could start at right-back in the absence of Trent Alexander-Arnold.

James Milner filled the full-back slot at the weekend but is likely to be deployed in midfield as captain Jordan Henderson is still sidelined, along with Naby Keita, who limped out of the 2-1 win against the Foxes.

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