Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has tested positive for the coronavirus, his family said Friday.
Dalglish, 69, was tested for COVID-19 on Wednesday after going to hospital for treatment of an infection. Though tests came back positive, the former Scotland international is asymptomatic, the family confirmed.
“Sir Kenny was admitted to hospital on Wednesday April 8 for treatment of an infection which required intravenous antibiotics. In keeping with current procedures, he was subsequently tested for COVID-19 despite having previously displayed no symptoms of the illness. Unexpectedly, the test result was positive but he remains asymptomatic,” his family said in a statement released by the club.
“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 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.
“He would also ask that they are given the space to do their jobs during what is an extremely challenging time for them and that his own family’s privacy is respected.
“He looks forward to being home soon. We will provide further updates as and when it is appropriate.”
Dalglish helped Liverpool to nine league titles and three Champions League crowns in his glittering career with the club as both a player and manager.
As an international, he made 107 appearances for Scotland, appearing in three World Cups.