Gary Lineker and Jamie Carragher send messages to Alan Hansen after Liverpool statement

Former Liverpool defender Alan Hansen
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Gary Lineker and Jamie Carragher have both sent their well wishes to former Liverpool captain Alan Hansen after the club confirmed he is seriously ill in hospital.

Hansen, 68, is recognised as one of the greatest defenders in the club's history, having made 620 appearances for the Reds over 13 years. During his time at Anfield, Hansen won 25 major honours including eight First Division titles and the European Cup on three occasions.

However, with the ex-Scotland international unwell, Lineker and Carragher are among the high-profile names who have sent their best to Hansen, who also previously worked on BBC's Match of the Day.

Lineker said on X, formerly known as Twitter: "Horrendous news. Thoughts are with Alan, Janet and all the family." Meanwhile, Carragher reacted to the Liverpool statement on X with the club handle followed by the fingers crossed emoji and the love heart emoji.

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On Sunday afternoon, Liverpool released the following statement: "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.

"'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."