Liverpool legend Dalglish discharged from hospital after coronavirus diagnosis

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Former Liverpool striker and manager Kenny Dalglish has been sent home from hospital after being diagnosed with coronavirus, and will now continue his recovery in self-isolation.

Dalglish was admitted to hospital to undergo treatment on gallstones last Wednesday, and was also tested for Covid-19, despite not displaying any symptoms.

The 69-year-old tested positive for the illness, and there has since been an outpouring of support for the Liverpool legend across all platforms.

Former Reds Ian Rush and Steven Gerrard were among those to wish Dalglish a speedy recovery on social media, while the club issued a statement asking for the public to respect his family's privacy during this difficult time.

The ex-Scotland international is still asymptomatic at the moment, and was discharged from hospital on Saturday so that he can continue to rest in the comfort of his own home.

Dalglish thanked NHS staff for their hard work after returning to his residence, writing in the Sunday Post: "People may think my name got me the best of care but every patient in the NHS gets the best of care. As a nation, we are lucky to have them and I wish them all well as they work tirelessly to help the country through this pandemic."

He also addressed supporters in an official statement on Liverpool's website, which reads: "Thank you for all of your well wishes over the last few days.

"‪I’m delighted to be back home with the family after receiving brilliant care from the NHS, which we appreciate now more than ever. Marina and I would like to express our immense gratitude to the medical staff who cared for me and who continue to treat countless others throughout the country during an incredibly challenging period.

"‪I know the sun is shining for many of you, but I urge you to stay home and follow the government guidelines to the letter. This is undoubtedly the best way that we can look after one another at this time.

"We will now be in full lockdown for the recommended amount of time in order to protect the lives of others."

Dalglish enjoyed a hugely successful playing career spanning 21 years, earning a place in the hall of fame at both Celtic and Liverpool before hanging up his boots in 1991.

He won nine trophies during his time at Celtic Park, including four league titles, but decided to undertake a new challenge at Anfield in 1977.

Dalglish went on to score 172 goals in 515 games for the Reds, and played a key role in the most successful period in the club's illustrious history.

He captured six English league titles, one FA Cup, four League Cups and three European Cups during his time on Merseyside, and finished as the runner up for the 1983 Ballon d'Or award.

The Scottish ace went on to lead Liverpool to three more top-flight crowns during his first stint as a manager, and made a surprise return to the Anfield dugout for the 2011-12 season.