Alan Hansen hospital update emerges as Liverpool legend recovers from illness

Former Liverpool defender, Alan Hansen
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Anfield's voice, George Sephton, has shared the heartening news that Liverpool icon Alan Hansen is out of hospital.

The revered former Reds skipper, who celebrated his 69th birthday on June 13, had been receiving medical care after falling seriously ill earlier in the month.

Graeme Souness recently provided a positive update on Hansen's health, mentioning a phone call with his old pal that left him hopeful, as he remarked that Hansen "sounded fabulous" and seemed to be "definitely on the way back".

Taking to X (formerly Twitter) on Sunday afternoon, Sephton expressed that he'd heard from a trustworthy source about Hansen's discharge from the hospital, writing: "Just been told by a reliable source that Alan Hansen has been released from Hospital!"

While official confirmation is pending, the Liverpool Echo understands that the legendary Hansen is indeed on the mend, having shown significant improvement this week.

"I spoke to him yesterday (June 16) and he sounded fabulous so I hope that's him on the way to a full recovery," Souness shared with talkSPORT. "He's definitely back because he did nothing but take the mick out of me, so he's definitely on the way back!

"I've been speaking to his son (Adam) and Janet his wife and I've been phoning his phone, his phone number. I got on the train on Sunday and I was looking for my seat and my phone rang and I could see it was Big Al. I was thinking 'Oh no, don't answer that'.

"So I sat down and got the courage to phone back and HE answered the phone. He's been in a difficult place but the way he sounded yesterday, he's back, and I hope I'm right."

Liverpool FC confirmed Hansen's hospitalisation on June 9, stating: "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."

Hansen is celebrated as one of the greatest defenders in Anfield history, having won eight league titles, two FA Cups and three European Cups during his illustrious 14 years with the Reds.