‘Maybe more of us should be like him’ – Klopp remembers Liverpool great Moran

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to club
stalwart Ronnie Moran as “the perfect role model”.

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Moran, who enjoyed an incredible 49-year association with
Liverpool as a player, coach, physio and caretaker manager,
died on Wednesday, aged 83.

He played as a left-back during Liverpool’s First Division
title wins under the great Bill Shankly in 1963-64 and 1965-66
before taking on coaching duties.

In 1998, he retired as Liverpool’s longest-serving employee and
an iconic figure of the fabled Anfield Boot Room.

Klopp met Moran at the club’s Melwood training ground last year
having been left in no doubt as to his stature within
Liverpool’s rich history.

“It’s a sad day. I had the honour of meeting him last year
around the League Cup final,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official
website after observing a minute’s silence in Moran’s honour
with his players at their warm-weather training camp in
Tenerife.

“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.

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

“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.

“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.”

Klopp added: “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.
Maybe more of us should try to be like him – and in him we had
the perfect role model.

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“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.”

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