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Liverpool will not face their Champions League opponent RB Leipzig in Germany due to Covid-19 restrictions


COVID-19 restrictions mean Liverpool will not be allowed into Germany for their Champions League game with RB Leipzig, government officials have confirmed.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were due to travel to Germany to face the Bundesliga side on February 16 once their Premier League commitments against Manchester City and Leicester are fulfilled.

However, the German government recently banned entry on arrival to anyone commuting from a country currently affected by COVID-19 mutations until February 17, with the sole exception of residents or citizens. Germans.

Jurgen Klopp
Klopp’s team will not be allowed in Germany | Justin Setterfield / Getty Images

It was expected that the ban would not apply to the Liverpool squad given their status as professional athletes, but in a government statement it has now been revealed that they will not be not exempt from the decision.

“The Crown Protection Ordinance adopted by the German government last Friday provides only a few exceptions and no special regulations for professional athletes,” the statement said as reported by Sky Sports.

“The Federal Police today informed the RB Leipzig club that the described case constellation does not fall under the exception.”

It is understood that the local Leipzig side will now be invited to try to provide a neutral venue outside of Germany for the game.

If a neutral venue cannot be found in time, it remains to be seen whether the tie will be postponed, which could prove to be beneficial for the Premier League champions.

Klopp’s side are currently in the midst of very poor form by their high standards, having won just two of their previous six games in all competitions.

Andy Robertson, James Milner, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kevin Friend
Liverpool are on a rough patch right now | Pool / Getty Images

Wednesday night’s loss to modest Brighton was the Reds’ second straight loss at Anfield following their 1-0 loss to Burnley weeks earlier.

Their drop in form saw them drop seven points behind leaders Manchester City, with Pep Guardiola’s side also holding a game in hand against the Champions.