Ronnie Moran: Former Liverpool captain and coach dies, aged 83

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The former Liverpool captain, coach and caretaker manager had been suffering with dementia and his passing was confirmed by his son Paul on Wednesday morning.

He enjoyed considerable success as a Liverpool player, later coaching the club under the likes of managers Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fogan and Dalglish.

He told liverpoolfc.com: "Over 49 years as player, coach, physiotherapist, assistant manager and caretaker-manager he performed so many roles and he devoted himself to each of them in a way that set an example to everyone who came into contact with him".

His association with Liverpool continued beyond his retirement in summer 1999, by which point he had become its longest-serving employee.

Moran passed away after a short illness. "I had the honour of meeting him past year around the League Cup final". "There is no question Ronnie Moran is one of Liverpool's all-time greats".

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

A club statement from Liverpool acclaimed Moran as "one of the most influential figures in the club's history".

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Moran served Liverpool for 49 years, signing his first professional contract in 1952 before winning three league titles as the Reds' left-back.

Former Liverpool player Ray Houghton told BBC Radio 5 Live: "Devastating news".

His time on the back-room staff coincided with the greatest period in the club's history as Liverpool won 11 league titles and four European Cups.

Many revered players credited Moran's no-nonsense approach to training as part of their success with a reputation as a sergeant major of sessions at Melwood.

Jurgen Klopp declared today that even if this day brings a lot of sadness, something good comes out of it: everyone will remember his great story and will celebrate him.

"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".

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