Liverpool denied entry to Leipzig for Champions League last-16 clash

Liverpool’s Champions League round-of-16 first-leg tie with Leipzig will not be held in Germany, government officials have confirmed.

The German government has forbidden travel into the country from areas which have recorded mutant strains of Covid-19 until February 17. German citizens and residents are exempt from this rule.

The Merseyside giants, winners of the competition in 2004/05 and 2018/19, were due to face Leipzig on February 16 and it’s been confirmed no special allowances will be made for the clash.

There’s a possibility the two legs could be switched, with Liverpool entertaining Leipzig at Anfield on February 16 and the Bundesliga outfit to host at some stage in the future.

‘The Corona Protection Ordinance passed by the German government last Friday provides for only a few exceptions and no special regulations for professional athletes,’ a statement from the German government said.

‘The Federal Police informed the club RB Leipzig today that the described case constellation does not fall under the exceptions.’

It’s understood UEFA are in talks with the German government and the German FA with a view to finding a potential solution which will, in turn, be put to both Leipzig and Liverpool.

The match could take place at a neutral venue and two-legged ties can be reduced to a single match, as was the case last season.

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