Legendary Liverpool striker Sir Kenny Dalglish has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus and is in hospital his family have announced.
Dalglish was admitted to hospital on Wednesday for treatment of an infection which required intravenous antibiotics.
The 69-year-old former Celtic and Scotland forward was routinely tested for coronavirus after being admitted.
The family said: “Unexpectedly, the test result was positive but he remains asymptomatic.
“He would like to take this opportunity to thank the brilliant NHS staff, whose dedication, bravery and sacrifice should be the focus of the nation’s attention at this extraordinary time.
“Prior to his admission to hospital, Sir Kenny had chosen to voluntarily self-isolate for longer than the advised period together with his family. He would urge everyone to follow the relevant government and expert guidance in the days and weeks ahead.
“He looks forward to being home soon. We will provide further updates as and when it is appropriate.”
Dalglish won the Scottish league title four times at Celtic before moving to Liverpool in 1977.
During his time at Liverpool his honours included eight league Championships as a player and manager and three European Cups (Champions League).
He also won the Premier League as Blackburn Rovers manager in 1995, edging Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United side to the title.
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