UEFA are considering six different locations across Europe as the location for Liverpool’s second leg against RB Leipzig. The two sides are to meet at a neutral venue as a result of coronavirus complications.
Liverpool’s Second Leg to Be Held at Neutral Venue
Champions League Match Faces Coronavirus Complications
UEFA officials are discussing the new location of the clash that was due to be at Anfield on March 10, according to The Athletic.
Liverpool were due to host RB Leipzig in March; however, current coronavirus restrictions – which would make Leipzig players and staff quarantine for 10 days on their return – means UEFA are searching for a neutral venue.
According to The Athletic, one potential venue is the Puskas Arena, where Liverpool won Tuesday’s first leg 2-0.
They claim other venues in Hungary, Italy and Romania are also being considered.
A source told The Athletic: “It’s very much up in the air. Anfield isn’t completely off the table but it’s just not possible currently under the German travel restrictions.
“There’s no certainty at this stage but there doesn’t need to be with the game still three weeks away.”
A decision from UEFA is expected at some point next week.
Change to UEFA Rules Allows Clubs to Continue to Play Despite Coronavirus Restrictions
Travel restrictions imposed by various countries have made the knockout stages of European competitions difficult to organise.
It has meant that clubs have had to hand over home advantage, with fixtures instead being held at neutral venues so that they did not have to cancelled or postponed.
Several Champions League and Europa League matches have been moved to neutral stadiums.
Manchester City’s last-16 first leg tie with German side Borussia Monchengladbach will be played at the Puskas Arena next week; Chelsea will travel to the Romanian capital Bucharest to play Atletico Madrid.
Manchester United had their match with Real Sociedad moved to the Juventus Stadium in Turin on Thursday night; Arsenal will be away for both legs of their clash with Benfica.