Liverpool’s Champions League trip to RB Leipzig moved to Puskas Arena in Budapest

Liverpool’s Champions League match towards RB Leipzig will happen on the Puskas Arena in Budapest after a venue change.

The last-16 tie was initially due to happen on the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig, and can now kick-off on the identical day on the identical time at 8pm (GMT) on February 16 after Germany banned entry on all arrivals from areas affected by coronavirus mutations till not less than February 17.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp felt an exemption would have been “reasonable” however the German authorities confirmed there can be no particular allowances for the Premier League champions, who host Leipzig at Anfield for the second leg on March 10.

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UEFA, who might additionally impose Arsenal’s Europa League last-32 tie with Benfica to be performed over one leg on impartial territory due to strict new UK coronavirus guidelines on arrivals from Portugal, confirmed the fixture change on Sunday.

“UEFA can confirm that the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between RB Leipzig and Liverpool FC will now take place at Puskas Arena in Budapest,” learn a press release.

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“The date of the match (16 February 2021) and kick-off time (21:00 CET, 20:00 GMT) will stay the identical.

“UEFA would like to thank RB Leipzig and Liverpool FC for their close cooperation and assistance in finding a solution to the issue at hand, as well as the Hungarian Football Federation for their support and agreeing to host the match in question.”

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A press release from the German authorities on Friday added: “The Corona Protection Ordinance passed by the German government last Friday provides for only a few exceptions and no special regulations for professional athletes.

“The Federal Police knowledgeable the membership RB Leipzig at the moment that the described case constellation doesn’t fall below the exceptions.”

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Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez in Liverpool’s CL squad

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have been included in Liverpool’s Champions League squad for the rest of the season.

Netherlands worldwide Van Dijk has been sidelined with an anterior cruciate ligament harm since October, and is a doubt to play once more this time period.

Fellow defender Gomez can also be unlikely to play once more in 2020/21 after choosing up a knee harm whereas coaching with England in November.

New recruits Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak have been included in the squad together with fellow defender Nat Phillips.

Joel Matip has been taken off the checklist after he was dominated out for the rest of the 2020-21 season with an ankle ligament harm.

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