Alan Hansen
Alan Hansen offered route back into punditry by BT SportBBC

Alan Hansen has been offered a return to the pundit's sofa by BT Sport to analyse Liverpool's progress in the Champions League.

Hansen made his final appearance for the BBC after 22 years at the broadcaster at the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina and has also stopped writing his Daily Telegraph column.

The former Liverpool captain, whose withering put-downs, specifically for teams' poor defending, became legendary, said the final was the perfect way to bow out after being considered one of football's most prescient pundits.

But BT Sport, which in November paid an enormous £900 million for a three-year deal to broadcast live Champions League and Europa League matches, has offered Hansen a route back to the television studio to provide performance analysis for matches involving his beloved Liverpool, the Daily Mail reported.

In his final column for the Telegraph, Hansen wrote: "The viewing public have not got rid of me forever because I will dip in and out of television in the future, but I will not be under contract again to become a permanent pundit on another show. There is an appeal to covering certain Liverpool games, perhaps in the Champions League."

Hansen is one of the most decorated players in British football having won eight league titles, two FA Cups, four league trophies and and three European cups during a glittering 14-year career at Anfield.

In a recent documentary, Hansen said he had been tipped to take over from Liverpool icon Kenny Dalglish when he quit as manager in February 1991.

But Hansen rejected the notion and instead retired from football. After brief dalliances with Sky and Radio 5 Live, Hansen found his home on the Match of the Day sofa in 1992.