Alan Hansen, 68, hospitalized with serious illness

Alan Hansen, 68, hospitalized with serious illness

Liverpool and Match of the Day legend Alan Hansen is seriously ill in hospital.

The Scot, 68, played for the Reds between 1977 and 1991, making 434 appearances for the club after arriving from Partick Thistle. He retired in March of his final season as a Reds player before moving into broadcasting.

Having rejected the offer of management, Hansen worked for the likes of Sky and BBC Radio 5 Live before moving to Match of the Day and working as their main pundit for 22 years prior to his exit in 2014.

Liverpool took to their social media channels to announce the news on Sunday afternoon, sending their best wishes to the former defender an his family.

They confirmed they are in direct contact with the Hansen family, and asked for the respect of his privacy.

Liverpool and Match of the Day legend Alan Hansenis seriously ill in hospital, the Reds have revealed

Hansen, 68, made 434 appearances for Liverpool and worked as a pundit in retirement before leaving Match of the Day in 2014

‘The thoughts and support of everyone at Liverpool FC are with our legendary former captain Alan Hansen, who is currently seriously ill in hospital,’ the club posted on their official website.

‘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.

‘”Jocky”, as he was known by teammates, is in the top 10 for all-time appearances for the club having played 620 matches, and the Scottish centre-back also served as Liverpool skipper for four seasons.

‘The club is currently in contact with Alan’s family to provide our support at this difficult time, and 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, and we request that the Hansen family’s privacy is respected at this time.’


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