Liverpool pay heartfelt birthday tribute to Alan Hansen after he was taken ‘seriously’…

June 13, 2024, 1:34 pm

Alan won eight league titles and three European Cups with Liverpool.

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Liverpool FC wished football legend Alan Hansen a happy birthday after the 69-year-old was admitted to hospital with a “serious illness”.

The club said “everyone’s thoughts are with Alan and his family on his 69th birthday” after tributes poured in from fans for one of the greatest centre-backs in the history of English football.

On Sunday, Liverpool confirmed that the club’s former captain had been admitted to hospital with a “serious illness”.

A statement released by Liverpool 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.

“Hansen’s exceptional defender, possessed of extraordinary elegance, won a string of outstanding honors during his 14 years with the Reds – who he joined from Partick Thistle in 1977 – including eight league titles, three European Cups, two FA Cups and three League Cups.”

It was not confirmed why Mr Hansen was admitted to hospital with the club and asked that “the privacy of the Hansen family be respected at this time”, the Mirror reported.

“‘Jocky’, as he was known by his teammates, is in the top ten all-time greats, with the club playing 620 games and the Scottish centre-back also captained Liverpool for four seasons,” the statement continued. .

“The club is currently in contact with Alan’s family to ensure our support at this difficult time and our thoughts, wishes and hopes are with Alan and the entire Hansen family.”

Tributes poured in from across the footballing world, including from his former Match of the Day team-mate Gary Lineker, who wrote: “Terrible news. My thoughts are with Alan, Janet and the entire family.”

After hanging up his boots in 1991, Hansen was the BBC’s chief football expert and worked on MOTD for 22 years, from 1992 to 2014, before retiring from criticism during the 2014 World Cup final.

Former teammate Mark Lawrenson said: “Come on Big Al – you can beat it… Shout out to Janet, Adam, Lucy and all the family…xx.”

The Scottish squad, preparing for the 2024 European Championships, also sent a message to Mr Hansen via assistant coach John Carver.

“I just want to send a message that everyone, players, staff, everyone associated with SFA, is really thinking about you and your family because this is an extremely difficult time,” Carver began.

“The best thing I noticed was that he was a fantastic defender, but he was also a ball-playing centre-back. He was probably one of the first ones I remember seeing play.

“The way he came out with the ball was so graceful and that’s why I remember him. Of course, he was in one of the top teams in the world at the time, winning European trophies, winning everything in sight, so he was a true legend in football.