Former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness has provided a positive update on the health of ex-team-mate Alan Hansen.

A statement from the Reds just over a week ago said Hansen was seriously ill in hospital.

However, Souness, a team-mate of Hansen’s for club and Scotland, told talkSPORT: “I spoke to him yesterday and he sounded fabulous so I hope that’s him on the way to a full recovery.

“I’ve been speaking to his son and Janet, his wife, and I’ve been phoning his phone, his phone number.

Liverpool players Graeme Souness, Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen celebrate with the Milk Cup trophy after they defeated Manchester United 2-1 in extra time at Wembley
Graeme Souness, left, and Alan Hansen, right, were Liverpool team-mates (PA)

“I got on the train on Sunday and I was looking for my seat and my phone rang and I could see it was big Al.

“I was thinking ‘Oh no, don’t answer that’. So I sat down and got the courage to phone back and he answered the phone.

“He’s definitely back because he did nothing but take the mickey out of me.

“He’s been in a difficult place but the way he sounded yesterday, he’s back, and I hope I’m right.”