Alan Hansen 'sounded fabulous' as Graeme Souness reveals health update on Liverpool icon

Alan Hansen

Alan Hansen was recently taken to hospital with Liverpool saying he was 'seriously ill' in a statement

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 17/06/2024

- 11:51

Updated: 17/06/2024

- 11:57

The Reds icon has been 'seriously ill' in hospital

Graeme Souness has revealed he's spoken to Alan Hansen as the Liverpool icon continues to spend time in hospital.

The Reds recently confirmed the Scot, who joined the club back in 1977, was 'seriously ill' in hospital.

Their statement read: "The thoughts and support of everyone at Liverpool FC are with our legendary former captain Alan Hansen, who is currently seriously ill in hospital.

"A defender of the utmost elegance, Hansen’s outstanding raft of honours across a 14-year spell with the Reds – he joined from Partick Thistle in 1977 – included eight league titles, three European Cups, two FA Cups and three League Cups.

Alan Hansen

Alan Hansen was recently taken to hospital with Liverpool saying he was 'seriously ill' in a statement


"‘Jocky’, as he was known by teammates, is in the top 10 for all-time appearances for the club having played 620 matches, and the Scottish centre-back also served as Liverpool skipper for four seasons.

"The club is currently in contact with Alan’s family to provide our support at this difficult time, and our thoughts, wishes and hopes are with Alan and all of the Hansen family.

"We will provide any further updates as we receive them in due course, and we request that the Hansen family’s privacy is respected at this time."

And Souness has now delivered an update, saying he's spoken to Hansen since he was taken to hospital.

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"I spoke to him yesterday and he sounded fabulous so I hope that's him on the way to a full recovery," he told talkSPORT.

"He's definitely back because he did nothing but take the Mickey out of me!

"I've been speaking to his son and Janet his wife and I've been phoning his phone, his phone number.

"I got on the train on Sunday and I was looking for my seat and my phone rang and I could see it was Big Al.

Alan Hansen

Alan Hansen is recovering well in hospital according to Graeme Souness


"I was thinking 'Oh no, don't answer that'. So I sat down and got the courage to phone back and he answered the phoned.

"He's been in a difficult place but the way he sounded yesterday, he's back, and I hope I'm right."

The positive update on Hansen comes just days after Souness hailed his former team-mate, insisting he's a 'real human being'.

"He's not a colleague, he's a good friend. When people become ill, people always talk about how much of a great guy there that person was," he added.

"I'm telling you now, he's a real human being. It's hard to find a bad word about him.

"He's a rascal when it comes to humour, he was very smart with that.

"I, like every person who comes across him or listened to him on the television, say a little prayer for him.

"He is one of life's good guys. Please god, we're all saying a prayer for him that he gets through this.


Alan Hansen

Alan Hansen won all major trophies during his glittering spell at Liverpool


"I spoke to his wife, Janet, a couple of days ago and you can imagine what state she's in.

"I'm telling you, he is one of the best guys you've ever met. A proper, proper human being."

And Souness, speaking on ITV Sport, said: You know when people are in trouble with illness people say ‘they’re a great guy’ or ‘they were a great guy’. I’m telling you, he was a great guy.

“He’s a strange breed because I think you’d have to search long, long way to find anyone to say a bad word about him. That takes some doing and his chat and his chat and his banter was top class, he was just a pleasure to be around.

“He’s in the fight of his life right now and we should all say a little prayer for him.”

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