Liverpool and RB Leipzig are set to face off in the first leg of their Champions League clash on February 16, but the match won’t take place in Leipzig. It might just take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Liverpool were denied entry into Germany to play the fixture due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with the match set to take place one day before travel restrictions were set to expire, and after elite athletes were not granted a waiver to travel. That sent both clubs scrambling to figure out what to do and to find a neutral venue outside of Germany that could host the event.
RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff has now said that there are two possible locations for the rescheduled match — an unnamed stadium in Budapest, or at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. The decision is set to be made on Monday, which would give both clubs eight days to arrange travel.
No spectators will be present at the match wherever it’s played so at some level negating Leipzig’s “home pitch advantage” is kind of meaningless. Liverpool probably would be just fine with arranging a short flight to London instead of a flight to Hungary.
And Tottenham? Daniel Levy would almost certainly be receiving a pat on the back for offering up Spurs’ state of the art new stadium, and likely a nice check from somewhere, likely UEFA. It’s a nice stadium that’s not getting used on that date. Seems like a pretty good location for a neutral site event, unless UEFA decides that Hungary is more “neutral” than London.