Liverpool Legend Dalglish Tests Positive For COVID-19 After Hospital Admission

 In this file photo Former Liverpool player and manager Kenny Dalglish takes the applause of the supporters a day after having the new grandstand named after him, on the pitch ahead of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on October 14, 2017. Paul ELLIS / AFP
In this file photo Former Liverpool player and manager Kenny Dalglish takes the applause of the supporters a day after having the new grandstand named after him, on the pitch ahead of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on October 14, 2017. Paul ELLIS / AFP

 

A Liverpool great, Kenny Dalglish, has tested positive for COVID-19 after he was admitted into a hospital for treatment of an infection, the club has said in a statement which it said was approved by the Dalglish family.

“Sir Kenny was admitted to hospital on Wednesday April 8 for treatment of an infection which required intravenous antibiotics,” the statement said.

“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.”

Liverpool mum over Dalglish exit rumour

The management of Liverpool FC is yet to respond to reports that Anfield legend and coach, Kenny Dalglish will be leaving the club due to the poor performance in the just concluded season of the English Premier league.

The Merseyside club management has refused to respond to the report stating that Kenny Dalglish has relinquished his position as the manager of the Reds.

His departure is attributed to a dismal performance on the league table, despite winning the Carling Cup in February and reaching the FA Cup final.

The club finished on the eight-place of the Premier League which has been their lowest in 18 years with a total overall points of 52, also the lowest since 1954.

The priority of the American owners of the club has been to compete in major competitions in the football world and clinching the Premier league title to take the club back to the glory days.

However reports suggest that a ready replacement for the Anfield legend is already in place as the board of the club is looking at bringing in Wigan’s Roberto Martinez.

Recently, an internal re-structuring at Anfield saw the exit of director of football, Damien Comolli along with other senior staff.

Dalglish and his assistant manager; Steve Clarke flew to the United States to talk about the future plans of the club with the owners and after discussion, reports revealed that the Scot had decided to quit after a season-and-a-half back in charge.

Liverpool to introduce monthly publication to cut costs

Liverpool will scrap their weekly magazine, LFC Weekly, in favour of a monthly publication as part of cost-cutting measures at Anfield, according to The Independent.

John Henry, the Reds’ principal owner who took over the club as part of the Fenway Sports Group, is scrutinising where money is spent at all levels of the club’s set-up, the report claims.

The new magazine will be published by London-based Programme Master, who also produce Manchester United’s United Review magazine and match day programme.

Previously, LFC Weekly had been produced by Trinity Mirror in Liverpool. Programme Master will take over in July.

Liverpool have already parted company with commercial director Graham Bartlett, who was followed out of the door by director of football Damien Comolli last week.

Henry met with manager Kenny Dalglish on Wednesday and also held talks with academy director Frank McParland. McParland has told friends that Henry is happy with his work, it is claimed, and that there will be more investment in the academy in the future.

Fenway Sports Group have emphasised the importance of producing players through the club’s academy, with the likes of Martin Kelly and Jon Flanagan receiving opportunities since Dalglish took over as manager.

Liverpool to recall young shot stopper from loan

Liverpool will recall youngster  from a loan spell at Hull City to help them cope with a goalkeeping shortage ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semifinal against Everton.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish will have to field third-choice Brad Jones in the all-Merseyside clash at Wembley Stadium because both of his senior keepers are suspended.

But he dismissed talk of a crisis following the 3-2 win at Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday. “We don’t have a problem going in with any players, no problem whatsoever,” he told reporters.

Kulacsi, a 21-year-old Hungarian who joined Liverpool five years ago but has never made a first team appearance, has spent time on loan at Hereford United, Tranmere Rovers and Hull.

“Goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi is set to be recalled from his loan spell with the Tigers by parent club Liverpool,” Hull said on their official Twitter feed on Wednesday.

Liverpool’s first choice keeper Spaniard Pepe Reina is suspended after being sent off at Newcastle United in a Premier League game on April 1.

Back-up Alexander Doni, who made his long-awaited debut against Aston Villa on Saturday, is banned after the Brazilian was shown a red card at Blackburn.

Jones, who came on after 26 minutes following Doni’s departure, is a 30-year-old Australian international.

However, until his appearance on Tuesday Jones had only played twice for Liverpool in the League Cup and Europa League since joining from Middlesbrough. The last of those two appearances was in December 2010.

He had a mixed night against Rovers.

Jones saved Ayegbeni Yakubu’s penalty with his first touch but was at fault for conceding another spot kick from which Yakubu equalised. His blushes were spared when Andy Carroll headed home in stoppage time to give Liverpool a 3-2 win.

“It was a great first contribution (from Jones) in the Premier League to save a penalty, I am sure he will remember that,” said Dalglish.

Jones said the penalty save was in memory of his son Luca, who died from leukaemia in November. His girlfriend gave birth to a son Nico Luca a week ago.

 

Dalglish sings Doni’s praise before Reina replacement

channels_television_alexander_doniLiverpool Coach Kenny Dalglish has prepared the mind of goalkeeper Alexander Doni who is going to be a stand-in for first choice goalkeeper for Liverpool Pepe Reina by psyching him with praising his attitude towards the task ahead.

Recalling the game between Liverpool and Newcastle, where Reina was suspended for Liverpool’s next three games after he was red carded for unprofessional behaviour on the field of play.

Pepe Reina who has made about 183 successful Premier League appearances will be solely missed by the entire Liverpool team.

Leaving Reina, Alexander Doni; a Brazilian International who will be replacing him for the game he is to miss has garnered experiences from playing days with Roma has only played a friendly back in October for just 57 minutes and has not played any reserve team game this season.

According Dalglish the attitude of the Brazilian International Doni has been tremendous and he is really up for the challenge.

“He’s very experienced and has worked really hard in training since he got here. He has done as much as he can to try to be ready.” Dalglish concluded.

Dalglish admitted that it won’t be easy initially for Doni considering the understanding that has to exist between the keeper and any other player in the squad as it is very hard to get that except you play in first team games, but he knows it will pass.

Dalglish defends disgraced Liverpool squad

channels_television_andy_carrollLiverpool Coach Kenny Dalglish openly stood behind the Liverpool squad that faced Newcastle over the weekend ended the game with a 2-0 defeat.

Dalglish said moving Andy Carroll of the game 11 minutes to fulltime was necessary as Carroll was of really happy with his late substitution as he kept swearing while storming into the tunnel staring the direction of his coach; he was replaced by Dirk Kuyt.

Earlier, goalkeeper Pepe Reina created a drama around himself that has caused him the FA cup semi-final against Everton which will be holding at Wembley as he got a red card for harassing James Perch; a Newcastle defender as it was obvious that Pepe Reina head butted the player.

According to Dalglish; the frustration and disappointment led to what Liverpool fans and management would not have loved to see as the players as whole acted in frustration and disappointment mostly on the part of Pepe and Carroll.

He however asked his players to next time channel their desperation, frustration and the likes into better use not disrupt their games to the extent of being disgraced.

Andy Carroll for one did not channels his desperation well enough as he was desperate to win the day by every means right from the start of the game as in frustration he was booked for diving, he was all the more desperate because he was playing against his former club where he left to play for Liverpool which explains why he wanted to win the day.

Booing was the intent of Newcastle supporters to give to their former player but on studying the event on field but decide against the move as Newcastle got a 2-goal lead against Liverpool.

Carroll’s coach maintained that him getting a yellow card for the clash with Newcastle goalkeeper was not fair enough as he never meant what happened that even if he even he was able to go past the goalkeeper he still would have fallen over because he had no balance at that moment in time.