Anfield great Kenny Dalglish has paid a special tribute to fellow Liverpool legend Ronnie Moran who sadly passed away this morning.
The Scot arrived at the club in 1977 and played under the guidance of Moran, who was a coach under Bob Paisley at the time, before taking over as manager himself in 1985.
Dalglish has praised Moran as the foundation to Liverpool’s long-lasting success and for the 49 years in which he devoted himself to the Reds.
He told Liverpoolfc.com: “The success we enjoyed during that period is something that we are all able to look back on with immense fondness and pride 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. I can say without fear of contradiction that those sentiments are not held only by Ronnie’s former colleagues at Liverpool, they are shared throughout the game by many who represented other clubs.”
“No matter what he accomplished, Ronnie remained the same down-to-earth bloke throughout the entirety of his career. His approach to football was very uncomplicated and that was one of the things that made him stand out.”
“Like many others, I am deeply saddened by his passing but along with the grief there is also a profound sense of privilege of having worked alongside someone who devoted his entire working life to Liverpool and who will always be remembered as a great club servant who was never affected by the enormous success that he enjoyed.”
Moran, hailed as Mr Liverpool, will be remembered as one of the true greats and a man who helped shape what this club stands for.
The extent of the tributes in his name demonstrate how highly respected he was and just how special he was to those he played with, those he coached and even those who simply spoke to him.
Almost five decades at the club saw him work in practically every role available as well as earn 13 Division One championships, four European Cups, two UEFA Cups, five FA Cups and 5 League Cups.