Terry McDermott: Liverpool legend diagnosed with dementia

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Terry McDermott was awarded three European Cup titles by Liverpool

Terry McDermott, a former Liverpool and England midfielder, has been diagnosed as having dementia.

Between 1974 and 1982, the 69-year old scored 81 goals in 329 Reds appearances.

McDermott also played for Newcastle twice and says that he is now in the early stages Lewy body dementia.

"I have to move on and I will. It's how I was raised," he said to the Liverpool club website external link.

"Nothing has come easily to me. I don't fear taking it on, and as we've seen there are many former players in worse situations than me,

"Battling has become second nature. It was the worst part, you don't even know what your condition is until it was diagnosed. It is alarming to see how many ex-players are being diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia.

This news comes days after Denis Law, the Manchester United and Scotland legend, revealed that he has been diagnosed with dementia.

Sir Bobby Charlton, his former United teammate was diagnosed with the disease last year. He is the fifth member of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning team to be diagnosed.

In 2019, a study found that professional footballers are three-and-a-half times more likely than those in the general population to develop dementia.

Sir Bobby's brother Jack and Nobby Stiles both died last year from brain functioning disorders. This condition is thought to be closely linked to head footballs. Ray Wilson and Martin Peters also died from the same condition.

McDermott, who was awarded 25 England caps, is widely considered to be Liverpool's greatest ever player in midfield. He won four league titles, three European Cups and two League Cups with Liverpool.

After signing from Newcastle, he returned to Liverpool eight years later and made more than 120 appearances with the Magpies.

After St James' Park in 1992-1998, he was assistant manager again, 2005-2008. He then moved on to Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town.

Terry McDermott served as Newcastle assistant manager twice under Kevin Keegan


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