Uefa confirms Champions League home tie switch for Liverpool

Date published: Thursday 4th March 2021 11:27 - Robert McCarthy

Liverpool are returning to Budapest for the return leg of their Champions League last-16 clash with RB Leipzig.

Coronavirus restrictions in Germany meant last month’s first leg was switched to the Puskas Arena in Hungary’s capital, where Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane goals sealed a 2-0 win for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

The return tie will also be played on neutral territory, with UEFA confirming Budapest will again host the sides as next Wednesday’s match is moved away from Anfield.

“Liverpool can confirm the Champions League last-16, second-leg tie with RB Leipzig will be played in Budapest,” the Premier League club said in a statement.

“Puskas Arena in the Hungarian capital will host the fixture, the same venue the teams contested the first meeting at on February 16.

“Covid-19 regulations in Germany have prevented Leipzig from travelling to the United Kingdom to play the match at Anfield as planned.”

Chelsea’s first leg against Atletico Madrid was moved from Spain to Bucharest last month, while Borussia Monchengladbach’s home tie against Manchester City was played in Budapest rather than Germany.

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Klopp comes out fighting over injuries

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he “could not care less” if critics think that his using the club’s injury record as a reason for their poor form is an excuse.

The Reds came into the season off the back of a 99-point haul which led them to their first Premier League title.

As such, they began the campaign in strong fashion with three wins from three games.

But while they remained around the top until early December, a crippling injury record caught up with the side and played its part in their slide down the table to sixth.

All three centre-halves have long-term injuries, while the midfielders standing in as back-up have also been sidelined.

“The problems that we had, it was always clear that they would become influential if we could not sort it by the players coming back. That is what happened,” Klopp told Sky Sports.

“Most of the problems are as a result of the injury situation. This year we have faced completely new problems. I have never in my life – and I have been doing the job for 20 years – had to change the last line-up every week.

“People might say that is an excuse. I could not care less, to be honest. We do not use it as an excuse but if you ask me the question then it is the explanation for why things changed.” Read more…


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