Ex-Liverpool star Alan Hansen leaves hospital after serious illness

Ex-Liverpool captain and TV pundit Alan Hansen has been discharged from hospital and is to continue his recovery at home.

The Premier League club had announced in a statement on 9 June that the former Scotland centre-back was "seriously ill".

Now in a post on X on Sunday, Liverpool FC said: "Alan has been discharged from hospital today to continue his recovery at home.

"Alan, Janet, Adam, Lucy and family would like to thank everybody for their wonderful messages of love and support. It has been overwhelming and has helped enormously."

His former Liverpool teammate, Graeme Souness, had indicated last week that Hansen was on the mend.

Hansen, 69, spent 14 years as a Liverpool player after signing from Partick Thistle in 1977, going on to win eight First Division titles, three European Cups and two FA Cups.

He spent four years as captain at Anfield and his 620 appearances place him in the top 10 among all Liverpool players for games played for the club.

The defender also won 26 caps for Scotland between 1979 and 1987, and played at the 1982 World Cup in Spain.

Hansen retired from professional football in 1991 to start a successful career as a television pundit.

He spent more than 20 years with the BBC, including as a regular guest on Match Of The Day.

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Hansen became celebrated for his no nonsense analysis - describing mistakes or bad play during games as "shocking", "poor" or "diabolical".

He made his final appearance for the BBC during the World Cup final in Rio in July 2014 after 22 years on screen.