Liverpool legend Alan Hansen released from hospital as family thank fans for 'overwhelming' support

Liverpool FC have announced that Alan Hansen, their former captain, has been discharged from hospital and will continue his recovery at home.

Hansen, who celebrated his 69th birthday on June 13, had been in hospital since falling seriously ill earlier this month.

Last week, Graeme Souness provided a positive update on Hansen's condition, revealing he had spoken to his close friend over the phone. He expressed optimism about Hansen's recovery, saying he "sounded fabulous" and was "definitely on the way back".

The club confirmed Hansen's discharge in a statement shared on social media on Sunday afternoon.

A message from Hansen's family, shared by Liverpool, read: "Alan has been discharged from hospital today to continue his recovery at home.", reports the Liverpool Echo.

"Alan, Janet, Adam, Lucy and family would like to thank everybody for their wonderful messages of love and support. It has been overwhelming and has helped enormously."

"We also hugely appreciate the ongoing respect that has been shown for our privacy as Alan continues his recovery. Thank you."

Anfield stadium announcer Sephton also confirmed Hansen's release from hospital in a post on X (formerly Twitter) on Sunday afternoon.

"Just been told by a reliable source that Alan Hansen has been released from Hospital! " Mr Sephton posted.

"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."

In a statement released on June 9 confirming Hansen's hospitalisation, Liverpool FC said: "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-year stint with the Reds.