Liverpool could play Champions League tie vs Leipzig in London
Liverpool could play the away leg of their Champions League tie against RB Leipzig in London, according to reports.
The Reds are scheduled to play Leipzig in Germany on February 16 but the German government currently have a ban on all flights from the UK into the country until February 17.
The Daily Mail claims that Leipzig have asked the goverment to ‘permit entry to Jurgen Klopp’s side’ and are waiting to hear of their decision.
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However, Leipzig are looking into ‘contingency plans’ in case their request is refused with ‘a stadium in the London area has been contacted’.
The report adds: ‘Should the capital venue get the green light, it would mean that the Premier League champions would not have to travel overseas and would benefit from playing both legs on home soil, albeit behind closed doors.’
The two other options on the table are reversing the upcoming fixture so that Liverpool play at Anfield on February 17 instead of March 10 or making it a one-off tie.
Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits current performances are not at the level required to defend their title after they lost 1-0 against Brighton on Wednesday night.
“The gap to City… I am manager of Liverpool and so you ask and I have to say we want to be champions but you need games for it and we need performances for it and we don’t have that,” said Klopp.
“We fight for three points, it is not decided who will get the three points on Sunday. We have to play better and we will try.
“These gaps are not interesting at the moment. They are the result of the results we had already.
“What we can influence is the next game. Tonight it was not enough. We know that and we have to change that.”