Liverpool great Alan Hansen ‘seriously ill’ in hospital as Reds release statement | Football | Sport

Liverpool legend Alan Hansen is ‘seriously ill’ in hospital. The club have released a statement on the 68-year-old, who made 630 appearances for the club in a distinguished playing career.

“The thoughts and support of everyone at Liverpool FC are with our legendary former captain Alan Hansen, who is currently seriously ill in hospital,” they said.

“A defender of the utmost elegance, Hansen’s outstanding raft of honours across a 14-year spell with the Reds – he joined from Partick Thistle in 1977 – included eight league titles, three European Cups, two FA Cups and three League Cups.

“The club is currently in contact with Alan’s family to provide our support at this difficult time. Our thoughts, wishes and hopes are with Alan and all of the Hansen family.

“We will provide any further updates as we receive them in due course. We request that the Hansen family’s privacy is respected at this time.”

Hansen joined the Merseyside club from Partick Thistle in 1977, and proceeded to spend 14 years there. The centre-back went on to play his part in eight Division 1 title wins, as well as three European Cup triumphs.

He also won 26 caps for Scotland, although his international career was tainted after he was controversially dropped ahead of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. Hansen would later go into punditry, becming synonymous with the Match of the Day programme on BBC.


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