Moran, who has died at the age of 83, spent almost half a century at the club as a player, coach and occasional manager, including all the jobs in between.
He was an integral part of Liverpool’s famed Boot Room, where he joined some of the world’s greatest footballing minds in creating an ethos which was to define the club.
Moran was a latecomer to the brains trust whose founder members were Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Reuben Bennett, Tom Saunders and Joe Fagan but he was no less valuable or less appreciated.
His approach to football during his 16 years as a player, during which he made 379 appearances and won two league titles and an FA Cup, did not go unnoticed by Shankly and the canny Scot was quick to bring Moran on to his coaching staff when his playing days were over.
Moran established a reputation as the coaching staff’s sergeant major. He was a tough disciplinarian on the field but a gentle, kind man off it.
Ronnie Moran with the old First Division trophy alongside Kenny Dalglish and Roy Evans
Liverpool players paid their respects to Ronnie Moran before taking part in training today
Moran kept and stored comprehensive diaries containing details of matches, training sessions, injuries and much more as part of his commitment to achieving the very highest standards. Standards which he drilled into the players every day.
“At Liverpool we are all taught to keep our feet on the ground and I, for one, have reason to remember that no-one subscribed to that theory more than Ronnie,” said former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler.
Ex-Reds winger John Barnes won the title in his first season at Anfield and fully expected wild celebrations and a huge party to mark the achievement.
“Ronnie Moran came in and had the 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,” said Barnes.
Moran’s devotion to the club needed no proof but one of the best examples came on March 9, 1957. The day of his wedding to his beloved Joyce.
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Liverpool players pay their respects to Ronnie Moran during training
Wed, March 22, 2017
Liverpool have paid respect to former captain and coach Ronnie Moran during their latest training session in Tenerife
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Liverpool pay their respects to Ronnie Moran ahead of training in Tenerife
The service took place at St Helen’s Church in Crosby, early enough for Moran to make his way to Anfield to play in the 2-1 win over Barnsley before returning to rejoin the wedding celebrations.
That summed up the man. Caring and good company off the field, a committed competitor on it.
During his 49-year spell at Anfield the club won 13 league championships, four European Cups, two UEFA Cups, five FA Cups and five League Cups.
Former Reds defender Phil Thompson believes the Merseyside club would not have won half the trophies they did without Moran.
“He was truly wonderful, inspirational, our guide,” said Thompson. “You’re saying ‘Ronnie’ but to us he’s known as ‘Bugsy’, his nickname.
— Kenneth Dalglish (@kennethdalglish) March 22, 2017
Very sad news with the passing of Ronnie Moran this morning, a legendary figure @LFC & learnt me & others an awful lot. R.I.P.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) March 22, 2017
“Throughout all those times, those glory days, you needed somebody to keep the feet on the ground of all these superstars and this guy was the man. Every day, he was the driving force.
“Sometimes as a young man you’d think, ‘nothing satisfies this man’, but without him we would not have won half the trophies. This is not just a flippant comment – Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley – great. Ronnie Moran is up there with those two greats.
“He was my mentor. Ronnie was so important. I had the opportunity of going into the bootroom and seeing how Ronnie Moran worked. He did everything – everything was meticulous. To see him work was an absolute wonder.”
Liverpool’s next match is at home to Everton. Moran, who four years ago was diagnosed with vascular dementia and spent his last few months in a care home, was involved in about 100 Merseyside derbies and he will be fondly remembered at the game on April 1.
You just know the man himself would prefer points over platitudes.