Liverpool stars past and present united in tribute to the club’s former player and coach Ronnie Moran following his death at the age of 83.
Kenny Dalglish, Steven Gerrard and current captain Jordan Henderson were among those to pay their respects to Moran, who served the club for a total of 49 years.
Dalglish told Liverpool’s official website: “My respect and my admiration for him are absolute and there are countless others who feel the same way.
” 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.”
Gerrard recalled the help Moran gave him during his early days at the club in a heartfelt tribute on Instagram.
Gerrard wrote: “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.”
Liverpool captain Henderson expressed sadness on behalf of the current squad and vowed to make Moran proud.
The England midfielder posted a picture of the club stalwart on the pitch at Anfield and wrote: “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.
“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, and 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. YNWA.”
Former Reds boss Roy Evans, who worked alongside Moran for many years before including him in his coaching staff when he took over as manager, paid tribute to his former colleague.
“It’s a sad end to a great man’s life,” Evans told BBC Radio Five Live.
“He’s one of these guys that day in, day out, did his job and did a great job for Liverpool Football Club.
“Liverpool and the fans will remember him for the great man that he was and he’ll be sadly missed.
“I’m sure he will be remembered with great love and affection for what he did for our football club and it’s a sad time for us.
“Ronnie Moran is one of the greats of Liverpool.”
Other former players were also quick to pay tribute on social media, with ex-defender Jamie Carragher describing Moran as a “legend” and all-time leading scorer Ian Rush tweeting: “It’s a sad day in Football! RIP Mr. Liverpool #RonnieMoran you will be greatly missed! @LFC”.
Former striker Michael Owen wrote: “So sad to learn that Ronnie Moran passed away last night. A truly pivotal figure @LFC during the most successful years in their history.”
Another ex-frontman, Robbie Fowler, retweeted Paul Moran’s confirmation of Ronnie’s death and added: “So sorry to hear this Paul..Deepest sympathy to you and all the family, thoughts and prayers with you … The man deserves the legend status”.
And John Aldridge wrote: ” 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”.
Recognition also poured in from across the Merseyside divide, with Everton posting tributes on their official website from ex-boss Joe Royle and former midfielder Peter Reid.
Royle said: “Ronnie was a lovely man, a proper football man whose company I really enjoyed many, many times.
“I saw him play and he was a warrior for his team – and he was exactly the same when he was on the bench, although whatever the result at Anfield he always made everyone welcome in the bootroom after the game.
“He is a Merseyside football legend and my thoughts are with his family.”
Reid added: “I’m devastated. Ronnie was a good football man who had a wicked sense of humour.
“Ronnie knew the game inside out. He was a warm man. The best compliment I can pay him is that he was a proper Scouser.”