Liverpool have been denied entry into Leipzig for their Champions League round of 16 first leg.
The six-time European Cup winners are due to play German side RB Leipzig in the first knockout stage, with the first game taking place away at the Red Bull Arena on 16 February.
But it’s now been confirmed that because of the ongoing COVID-19 variant and subsequent ban on travelling, the Reds were not granted a special exemption and will not be able to make the trip.
The game is to be played at a neutral venue and it is up to Leipzig to find that location, as well as cover the costs.
Breaking: Liverpool have been denied entry to Leipzig for the CL round of 16 first leg due to Covid rules. Onus now on Leipzig to find a neutral venue.— Derek Rae (@RaeComm) February 4, 2021
2/ Some background to this. The Interior Ministry had already announced a ban on travellers for countries with high mutation numbers – UK, Brazil, S Africa, Portugal – which runs at least through 17 Feb.— Derek Rae (@RaeComm) February 4, 2021
🚨 BREAKING 🚨— Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 4, 2021
Liverpool's Champions League match against RB Leipzig on February 16th will not be allowed to take place in Germany pic.twitter.com/yw1yarRR57
There has been a report from the Daily Mail claiming that the game could be played in London and a stadium in the capital has already been contacted.
With all flights from the United Kingdom to Germany are banned until February 17, there is also the option of a one-off tie being played.
Premier League champions Liverpool topped Group C with 13 points, while Leipzig qualified for the knockout phase with a crucial 3-2 win over Manchester United in the final game in Group D.