Liverpool’s Champions League game against RB Leipzig threatened due to travel ban
The match between Liverpool in the Champions League and RB Leipzig is threatened due to a flight ban imposed by the German government.
Germany has banned all inbound flights from the UK until February 17 in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
However, Liverpool are set to play the first leg of their round of 16 with Leipzig on February 16, a day before the ban was lifted.
It is possible that UEFA may force the match to be held in a neutral location. Arsenal’s Europa League round of 16 with Benfica are set to be moved to a neutral venue due to Portugal being on the UK’s ‘red list’, forcing travelers to self-quarantine for 10 days, while Liverpool’s group stage match against Midtjylland was pending played in Dortmund due to similar complications involving a trip to Denmark.
UEFA could also choose to reverse the order of the fixtures, meaning Liverpool will host Leipzig at Anfield first and play the second leg in March. However, that would rob the Reds of their home advantage they had gained by winning Group D.
The Liverpool Echo report that the club have not heard from UEFA regarding any rearrangements for the game, although the draw is expected in just over two weeks.
The Reds managed to navigate a squad containing Atalanta, Ajax and Midtjylland to reach the round of 16, while Leipzig knocked out Manchester United on their way to a place in the last 16 games, joining Paris Saint-Germain as the representatives of the H.
Liverpool appear to be on top of their poor form after scoring victories at Tottenham and West Ham last week, climbing to third in the Premier League table. Leipzig are second in the Bundesliga, albeit seven points behind leaders Bayern Munich.