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Alan Hansen ‘seriously ill’ in hospital as Liverpool icon fights for life



Liverpool and Scotland legend Alan Hansen is seriously ill in hospital, the English club has announced. The former Match of the Day pundit, now 68, was admitted to hospital and remains in a serious condition.

Hansen spent 14 years at Anfield and was part of the all-conquering team which won eight league titles and three European Cups, alongside fellow Scots Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness. The former Partick Thistle player also won 26 Scotland caps and played at the 1982 World Cup.

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

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Hansen was born in Sauchie in Clackmannanshire and his paternal grandfather was Danish. A distinctive scar on his forehead recalls an accident when he was 15 and ran into a plate glass window at a local youth club. Later, he turned down a place at Aberdeen University to join Thistle.

After retiring in 1991, Hansen became one of the most well-known faces in football media, spending 22 years as BBC’s main pundit and was credited with helping to change the way football was analysed. He became a broadcasting legend as part of Match of the Day team, as well as appearing on the station’s coverage of World Cups, European Championships and Olympic games.

Graeme Souness (left), Kenny Dalglish (centre) and Alan Hansen in 2023. (Image: David Davies/PA Wire)

News of Hansen’s health battle sent shockwaves through the football world, with Match of The Day presenter Gary Lineker, 63, writing on social media: “Horrendous news. Thoughts are with Alan, Janet and all the family.”

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