Jürgen Klopp today greeted the positive news of Sir Kenny Dalglish being discharged from hospital – and admitted the impact of COVID-19 hit home when he discovered the Liverpool legend had been diagnosed with the virus.
Sir Kenny was admitted last Wednesday for treatment of an infection and was subsequently tested for coronavirus, in keeping with current procedures.
Although asymptomatic, Dalglish tested positive and remained in hospital until the weekend, when he returned home.
Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “It was a real shock three days ago when I heard about it first. The boys were sent a message in our WhatsApp group and everybody was like, ‘Wow’.
“What you feel in that moment is a massive difference if you know somebody who got the virus, or if you don’t know.
“In this moment, it was like, ‘Wow, one of us has it’ and it was really crazy.
“We all know this terrible disease is causing heartache all over the world, but this was the first time for many of us someone we have such a personal connection to was affected to this extent.
“I had the opportunity to text immediately with one of his daughters and we spoke about it. She was quite, not relaxed, but she was fine and said it looked all well – and two days later we heard he was released from hospital.
“It’s good news – very good news – and I hope he is doing well still.
“We all know Kenny and we love him. We just sent him all our thoughts and prayers in that moment, but maybe he didn’t need it, which is even better.”