Liverpool legend Alan Hansen seriously ill in hospital as club release statement

Former Liverpool defender Alan Hansen
-Credit: (Image: Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror)

Liverpool FC has shared the concerning news that their iconic former player, Alan Hansen, is seriously ill in hospital.

Now aged 69, the ex-Scotland defender's health situation is considered serious. Hansen's illustrious career at Liverpool spanned 14 years, during which he was instrumental in the team's dominance, securing eight league titles and three European Cups among other honours.

Hansen, who joined Liverpool from Partick Thistle in 1977, is celebrated for his exceptional skill and composure on the ball, qualities that many believe would have made him a star even in today's football world.

Liverpool FC expressed their deep concern in a statement: "The thoughts and support of everyone at Liverpool FC are with our legendary former captain Alan Hansen, who is currently seriously ill in hospital."

They continued to highlight his remarkable achievements: "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," reports the Mirror.

Affectionately nicknamed 'Jocky' by his team-mates, Hansen is among the top 10 players with the most appearances for Liverpool, having played 620 matches, and also captained the team for four seasons.

The club also mentioned their ongoing support for Hansen's family during this challenging period: "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.

After hanging up his boots in 1991, Alan Hansen transitioned into a football punditry icon, gracing our screens for 22 years primarily with the BBC. His insightful analysis on Match of the Day, alongside appearances during World Cup, European Championships and Olympic coverage, redefined football commentary.

Hansen is often remembered for his bold claim that Manchester United 'wouldn't win anything with kids', referring to the emergence of the 'Class of 92' under Sir Alex Ferguson in 1995 a statement that has since become one of British football's most memorable quotes.

Choosing to step back from the spotlight after the 2013/14 season, Hansen was clear about his decision: "The guys at the BBC know me and I said, 'Look, this is categorical. I'm leaving and nothing will make me change my mind'. I am contracted to do the World Cup and I will do that as it will be a good way to go out, but I have had a great run."

"'I've been in football for 41 years and I'm going out right at the top, just as I did at Liverpool," he further remarked.

Gary Lineker, host of Match of the Day, later disclosed that 'crippling nerves' were a significant factor in Hansen's decision to conclude his broadcasting career.

"He was incredibly nervous, which is why he quit," he said last year. "He got so nervous. He used to shuffle his feet on the floor."

Lineker further added: "He was probably the first person that went down the more analytic route, a path now followed by so many. He was a brilliant pundit."