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Liverpool Legend Diagnosed with Dementia

The news about Terry McDermott was conveyed on the Liverpool website.

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Liverpool legend and midfielder Terry McDermott has been diagnosed with dementia, announced the club yesterday.

A Liverpool squad member of the late 1970s, McDermott made 329 appearances and scored 81 goals for the Reds between 1974 and 1982, according to

“I’ve got to get on with it and I will”, McDermott said.

“It’s the way I’ve been brought up. Nothing has come to me easily. I’m not frightened of taking it on and also, as we’ve seen, there are a lot of former players in a worse state than me.

“Battling is second nature. The worst thing was, until my condition was diagnosed you don’t know what’s going on. The number of ex-players being diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s is frightening.”

McDermott was signed by Bob Paisley in 1974, and went on to win four league titles, three European Cups, a UEFA Cup and two League Cups for Liverpool.

“Many thanks to everyone for the message’s of support, I’m touched and overwhelmed by them all. Each one is appreciated and will help me in the fight against it. Special thank you to @LFC for standing with me through this #ynwa”, tweeted McDermott after the club made the announcement of his illness.

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