It was a scary moment last night, when the words “Kenny Dalglish” and “Coronavirus” popped up on an alert on my phone. Thankfully, it was just a scare. The world is suffering enough, we don’t need to lose King Kenny on top of it all.
That said, the King was admitted to a hospital on Wednesday, where he remains with an infection unrelated to the novel coronavirus. Although he tested positive for the disease, he is asymptomatic so far.
The Dalglish family released the following statement about the Liverpool legend:
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.
At 69-years-old, any infection requiring hospitalization can be considered a serious one. That is especially true during a pandemic from a virus that is significantly more dangerous to older generations.
Dalglish has been a leader of the Reds both on and off the pitch for decades, and losing him would be a significant blow to Liverpool fans everywhere.
There’s not much more to say other than “get well soon, Kenny.”