Ronnie Moran passes away

The eighty-three year old made 379 appearances for the club during his playing career between 1952 and 1966 before going on to become part of the bootroom after his retirement.

He was twice caretaker manager of the team during 1991 and 1992 following the resignation of Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness’ heart attack.

Moran worked as part of the coaching staff under nine different managers before retiring in 1998, following over thirty years as part of the setup. Added to his playing time at Anfield, Moran spent almost half a century at the club following his arrival as a schoolboy in 1949.

He won seven trophies during his time on the pitch, which includes the First Division championship in 1963-64 and 1965-66 as well as the FA Cup in 1964-65.

Former Liverpool player, player-manager and two-time manager Kenny Dalglish paid tribute to Moran when he spoke to

“The success we enjoyed during that period is something that we are all able to look back on with immense fondness and pride.” he said.

“But it should never be forgotten that without people like Ronnie it would not have been possible for us to achieve as much as we did.

“In fact, even after he left the club right up until the present day, the club have continued to feel the benefits of the groundwork he laid though his sheer talent and passion.

“My respect and my admiration for him are absolute and there are countless others who feel the same way.” he finished.

Another former Liverpool manager, Roy Evans, spoke fondly of Moran – who he referred to as “Mr Liverpool”.

“I joined in 1964 and he was playing in those days, then he became a coach.” he told BBC Radio Five Live.

“He was one of those guys, Mr Liverpool.

“Any player will tell you they’ve had a spat with Ronnie. He’d be the first to tell you off and the first to be on your side to become a better player.

“He will be remembered with great love and affection. Ronnie Moran is one of the greats of Liverpool.” he finished.

Current Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson also paid tribute to the Anfield legend.

“The reason being captain of Liverpool Football Club is such a huge honour is because legendary figures like Ronnie Moran held it before I did.” Henderson wrote.

“I wasn’t lucky enough to work with Ronnie but I had the great fortune of being in his company on the occasions when he came to Melwood to walk around the training pitch.

“And although we all regarded him as a true great, he was as humble and down to earth as anyone you could ever come across.

“I know I speak for all of the current players when I say that we are all deeply saddened by Ronnie’s passing.

“The greatest tribute we can pay to him is to give everything we’ve got for Liverpool Football Club just as he did each and every single day during the 49 years he spent here.” he finished.