Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish has tested positive for coronavirus. The 69-year-old took the test after being admitted to hospital for treatment of an infection. He is currently displaying no symptons, according to a statement released by his family.
It 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 is one of the greatest figures in British football history.
The Glasgow-born forward won nine major trophies in nine seasons as a Celtic player before heading south to Merseyside to join Liverpool in 1977.
‘King Kenny’ was part of the Reds team that dominated football in the late 1970s and 1980s, helping the club to six top-flight titles and three European Cups.
Dalglish became player-manager in 1985 before resigning as boss in 1991.
The Scotland hero went on to lead Blackburn Rovers to the Premier League title in 1995 before taking charge of Newcastle United and Celtic on a caretaker basis.
He returned to Anfield as Liverpool manager in January 2011 after Roy Hodgson was given the boot before departing at the end of the 2011/12 campaign despite picking up the League Cup.
Anfield’s Centenary Stand was renamed the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand in 2017 in recognition of his contribution to the club.
He was knighted in 2018 in recognition of his services to football, charity and the victims of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.