Liverpool legend McDermott sends emotional message after dementia diagnosis

Liverpool legend Terry McDermott says he isn't frightened of taking on dementia after revealing he is the latest football great to be diagnosed with the disease.

McDermott, who racked up 329 appearances in eight years with the Reds, has announced he is in the early stages of Lewy body dementia after undergoing a series of hospital tests.

The 69-year-old's devastating news comes just days after another English football icon, Manchester United hero Denis Law, revealed he too is suffering with dementia.

Law's former United team-mate Sir Bobby Charlton is also battling the disease, while Tony Dunne, Bill Foulkes and David Herd were diagnosed before their deaths.

But McDermott refuses to let the diagnosis dampen his spirit, insisting he is not afraid to fight it.

“I’ve got to get on with it and I will," the former Liverpool midfielder said.

"It’s the way I’ve been brought up. Nothing has come to me easily.

"I’m not frightened of taking it on and also, as we’ve seen, there are a lot of former players in a worse state than me.

“Battling is second nature. The worst thing was, until my condition was diagnosed you don’t know what’s going on.

"The number of ex-players being diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s is frightening.”

McDermott is widely considered one of the greatest midfielders in Liverpool's history, lifting four league titles, three European Cups, two League Cups and the UEFA Cup.

He was at Anfield on Saturday to watch Jurgen Klopp's side pick up a 2-0 win over Burnley and is hoping to maintain his attendance on Merseyside.

“I’ve been looking forward to going down to Anfield and seeing the lads, people I have known for years and having a good craic with them,” he said.

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“Thankfully there are games coming up regularly now which I can go to.”

Liverpool expressed their support for McDermott, writing: "Everybody at Liverpool Football Club sends their love and best wishes to Terry and his family and the club will offer any and all support."

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