Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has been released from hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.
The 69-year-old was admitted to hospital last Wednesday for treatment on gallstones and despite showing no symptoms returned a positive diagnosis for Covid-19 after a routine test.
The news prompted a flood of goodwill messages from across the sporting community and on Sunday it was revealed that Dalglish was recovering in self-isolation at home.
In a statement posted on the Liverpool website, Dalglish said: “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 won eight English championship titles and three European Cups with Liverpool as a player and manager.
His efforts to support fans in the aftermath of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, when 96 Liverpool fans died as a result of a crush at an FA Cup semifinal, were also widely praised with club having a stand at Anfield named after him.
He also won the English Premier League title as a manager with Blackburn Rovers in the 1994-95 season.