Monday 19 August 2019

'Ronnie was the ideal role model'

Late Liverpool legends Ronnie Moran, Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan, pictured back in 1979.
Late Liverpool legends Ronnie Moran, Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan, pictured back in 1979.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed Ronnie Moran as the "perfect role model" following the death of the club's former captain and coach.

Moran, who was diagnosed with vascular dementia four years ago, died on Wednesday morning aged 83 having served the club for 49 years.

He performed a variety of roles, from player all the way to caretaker boss on two occasions, and during his stay the club won 13 league championships, four European Cups, two UEFA Cups, five FA Cups and five League Cups.

"You will not have this a lot of times. It's nice and it shows what a big value this is because it's so rare," Klopp told liverpoolfc.com.

"Maybe more of us should try to be like him - and in him we had the perfect role model.

"I am sure nobody can, or will, forget him. It's a sad day, but on the other hand it is a day where everybody thinks about him and thinks about his very, very special story.

"I had the honour of meeting him last year around the League Cup final.

"Obviously I am not from Liverpool, I am not from England, and so I needed a little bit of help but when I heard about this very special story then it was really nice to meet him. It was a big honour for me."

The squad, minus its international players, is currently away at a warm-weather camp in Tenerife.

All players and staff held a minute's silence before training on Wednesday.

"We tried to pay our respects like a football club should do for a real member of the club, a real figure of the club, with a minute of silence," Klopp added.

"It was impressive because the players were immediately in the mood; all of them have heard about him and that shows how special his relationship with this great club was.

"Today is a very sad day for all of us. All of our thoughts and all of our love are with the family."


Ex-Reds pay tribute to ‘Mr Liverpool’

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

JOHN Aldridge:  “Sad day for LFC, with the passing of Ronnie Moran. What a servant, the club was in his blood. Condolences to all his family. YNWA”

Jim Beglin: “In my opinion, Ronnie Moran was one of #LFC’s greatest influences.”

Ray Houghton: “Ronnie was such a key member of Liverpool for so many years. He would have done anything for the club.”

STEVEN GERRARD:  “RIP Ronnie Moran. Gave me some great advice over the years. The reason our club has a fantastic history is because of people like him. My thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

JOHN BARNES: “Ronnie Moran came in and had the (League winner’s) medals in a plastic bag. He put them on the table and said: ‘Four weeks till pre-season lads’. That made a huge impression on me.”

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