Liverpool icon Sir Kenny Dalglish has tested positive for coronavirus but ‘remains asymptomatic’, his family have said.
The 69-year-old, a legendary figure at Anfield having enjoyed huge success as a player and manager, was admitted to hospital on Wednesday for treatment of an infection.
He was routinely tested for the coronavirus and, despite displaying no symptoms, the test unexpectedly came back positive.
A statement from the Dalglish family, released by Liverpool, read: “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.
“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.”
Celtic, with whom Dalglish began his playing career and won four Scottish titles, were among the clubs to offer their best wishes to King Kenny, as well as Blackburn, where he won the Premier League as manager.
Sending our love and best wishes to Sir Kenny ❤️
— Liverpool FC (at 🏠) (@LFC) April 10, 2020