Liverpool have announced Sir Kenny Dalglish has been released from hospital after their former Reds manager tested positive for the coronavirus.
The club’s official website published comments on Sunday from the Liverpool legend, who said:
“I’m delighted to be back home with the family after receiving brilliant care from the NHS, which we appreciate now more than ever. Marina and I would like to express our immense gratitude to the medical staff who cared for me and who continue to treat countless others throughout the country during an incredibly challenging period.
“I know the sun is shining for many of you, but I urge you to stay home and follow the government guidelines to the letter. This is undoubtedly the best way that we can look after one another at this time.”
The Dalglish family released a statement on Friday confirming the former club chief had been diagnosed with COVID-19 after receiving treatment for an infection. However, the 69-year-old remains asymptomatic and “looks forward to being home soon.”
Past and present players sent best wishes for Dalglish, and Liverpool’s all-time record scorer, Ian Rush (346 goals), led the tributes via Instagram:
Dalglish won six English first-tier titles as a Liverpool player between 1979 and 1986, as well as three European Cups (1978, ’81, ’84). The 1983 Ballon d’Or runner-up went on to manage the club in two separate stints, winning the First Division three times in five seasons during his first tenure (1986, ’88, ’90).
Steven Gerrard—now manager of Rangers—was captain at Liverpool when the Scot returned to manage the club a second time between January 2011 and May 2012, and he posted a brief tribute:
Premier League veteran James Milner was among the current players who took to social media to pay their respects to such a beloved club icon in the hopes of a swift recovery:
Prior to testing positive for the coronavirus, Dalglish’s thanked those working in the National Health Service for their contributions during the pandemic after the 2020 Grand National was cancelled:
Dalglish is revered at Anfield and has a stand at the ground named after him. The Glaswegian was appointed a non-executive director on the club’s board in October 2013 and is widely recognised as one of the most influential figures in Liverpool’s history.