Liverpool could well face RB Leipzig in Budapest, according to reports in Germany. Their UEFA Champions League clash can’t take place in Germany.
RB Leipzig v Liverpool won’t be a simple game to play. Travel restrictions from the UK to Germany mean the Reds can’t actually enter the country for the match to take place.
So what do you do from there?
There is the option of reversing the two ties. Liverpool hold the home game first and can then play the away fixture after the restrictions are lifted.
But that would mean giving up their earned advantage of the second-leg at home. It’s not fair but then, this isn’t exactly anyone’s fault.
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Leipzig could well just have to forfeit their home game if they can’t find a replacement location. But that really isn’t fair as it would effectively mean elimination.
The most obvious solution is to play the game in a different location. RB Leipzig take the hit of not having a home game, of course, but without fans, that’s not as big a hit as it could be.
Both Liverpool and Leipzig did try to gain entry past the restrictions for the game. The German government, however, said there would be no special rules for professional sport, per ESPN.
Which is obviously fair enough.
And so Leipzig need to find a new venue for this one – and they might have it.
Home away from home
Sport Buzzer in Germany claims RB Leipzig v Liverpool will now take place in Budapest. They’ve also considered Krakow and there was a chance Liverpool would even be going to Gdansk to play the game.
The Hungarian capital, however, is the preferred destination.
Germany don’t have Hungary down as a high-risk country like the UK, so there would be no quarantine afterwards for Leipzig.
What RTK has to say
This would be a 2600-mile round-trip – not exactly what you want right now. But it’s an unusual situation that would always have an unusual answer.
There’s little Liverpool can do about it, though they’ll certainly feel frustration at this.
It’s unfortunate that it’s the away leg first, too. If the home leg came first, Liverpool could have tried to end it there and play for a draw away.
They can’t really take that chance the other way around, though.
Not a nice situation and one Liverpool will just have to try their best to manage.