Liverpool hero Sir Kenny Dalglish has been admitted to hospital with coronavirus, the club has confirmed. Dalglish, 69, who served the Reds as both a player and a manager, is one of the most famous faces in Liverpool’s history and his family released a statement via the club’s official website.
While Dalglish has tested positive for the virus, he is currently showing no symptoms. ‘The Dalglish family have tonight released the following statement to supporters regarding Sir Kenny Dalglish,’ the statement read. ‘Sir Kenny was admitted to hospital on Wednesday April 8 for treatment of an infection which required intravenous antibiotics.
‘In keeping with current procedures, he was subsequently tested for COVID-19 despite having previously displayed no symptoms of the illness. Unexpectedly, the test result was positive but he remains asymptomatic.
‘Prior to his admission to hospital, Sir Kenny had chosen to voluntarily self-isolate for longer than the advised period together with his family.
He would urge everyone to follow the relevant government and expert guidance in the days and weeks ahead. ‘He would like to take this opportunity to thank the brilliant NHS staff, whose dedication, bravery and sacrifice should be the focus of the nation’s attention at this extraordinary time.
‘He would also ask that they are given the space to do their jobs during what is an extremely challenging time for them and that his own family’s privacy is respected.
He looks forward to being home soon. We will provide further updates as and when it is appropriate.’ Dalglish enjoyed a trophy-laden playing and managerial career before retiring from football.
He won multiple titles with Celtic as a player before moving to Liverpool where he won six first division titles, the FA Cup, four League Cups, the European Super Cup and three European Cups.
As a manager he won three league titles with Liverpool, as well as two FA Cups before guiding Blackburn Rovers to the Premier League title.