Real Madrid vs Liverpool and Granada fixtures against Manchester United set for Spain with restrictions to be lifted
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are due to travel to face Real Madrid in the first leg of their top-level fixture on April 6, while two days later Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are also due to face opposition from the Liga in Granada.
Covid-19 travel restrictions meant that Liverpool’s last two encounters with German opponent RB Leipzig were moved to neutral territory at Puskas Arena in Budapest, while United were able to face AC Milan at Old Trafford and in San Siro as expected, although earlier had to play the first leg of their last 32 Europa League game against Real Sociedad in Turin.
Chelsea traveled to Bucharest for the first leg of their last 16 Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid, while Arsenal’s Europa League games against Benfica have been played in Rome and Athens respectively. and Manchester City, like Liverpool, have visited Budapest twice for matches against Borussia Monchengladbach.
However, the Spanish government announced on Tuesday that it will lift entry restrictions on travelers from the UK from March 30 after three months, citing the success of the UK’s vaccination program.
Visitors from the UK will still need to return a negative PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours of arriving in Spain.
This means Liverpool should be able to play Real Madrid at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium – Los Blancos’ training ground and still their temporary home games venue as the famous Santiago Bernabeu undergoes major renovations.
United are also expected to be given the green light to travel to Granada’s scenic Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes on April 8.