Former Partick Thistle and Liverpool legend Alan Hansen 'seriously ill' in hospital

Former Scotland and Liverpool defender Alan Hansen is seriously ill in hospital
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Former Partick Thistle defender and Liverpool legend Alan Hansen is "seriously ill" in hospital.

Liverpool FC delivered the update on the centre-back and Scotland great. The 68-year-old played for Partick Thistle from 1973 to 1997 before moving to Liverpool for a successful 14-year stint.

He became captain of the Premier League club in 1985 and remained with Liverpool until his retirement in 1991. Hansen also won 26 caps for Scotland and played for his country in the 1982 World Cup squad.

He went on to act as a pundit for BBC's Match of the Day until 2014.

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Sharing a statement on their official website, Liverpool FC said they are "in contact with Alan’s family to provide our support at this difficult time".

They 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.

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"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."