Liverpool pay tribute to Ronnie Moran with Anfield mosaic before Everton tie

Liverpool pay tribute to Ronnie Moran with Anfield mosaic before Everton tie

Liverpool fans paid their final respects to Ronnie Moran before their derby match against Everton on Saturday as those in the Kop End held up a mosaic bearing his much-loved nickname ‘Bugsy’ prior to kick-off.

Moran, who was diagnosed with vascular dementia four years ago, died last week aged 83 having served the club for 49 years and won 44 major trophies.

To celebrate his life and dedication to the club, Liverpool and Everton players both observed a minute’s applause while fans created a mosaic and held up homemade banners in his honour.

Although never a full-time manager, Moran performed a variety of roles over his near half-century with the club all the way from a player to caretaker manager, a duty he performed twice.

His tenure, regardless of his role, coincided with by far the most successful period in Liverpool’s history, leading to Sportsmail columnist and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher to argue he may be the club’s single ‘biggest figure’.

Carragher told Sky Sports 1: ‘Without a doubt. A lot of [Liverpool legends]: Graeme [Souness], Kenny [Dalglish], Ian Rush, Bob Paisley Bill Shankley, Joe Fagan; they were all there for a time. 

‘This success over 20, 30 years, he was the one man who was there throughout it all. So I think that just shows you could make an argument that he is Mr Liverpool. 

‘If you said he was one of the biggest figures or the biggest figures in that success, you couldn’t argue with that.’

Carragher was just breaking into the first-team when Moran retired in 1998 but Souness, also working as a pundit for Sky Sports, not only played under him but also enjoyed his services as an assistant manager when he took charge.

On Moran, Souness said: ‘For me, personally, he was the single biggest influence on my playing career. He was a disciplinarian, he was the hardest man in the world to please. 

‘He had this knack of keeping us grounded. He called us the big heads. He made you feel that you were a good player and we were a good team but you’re not like the players and teams we’ve had here in the past.

‘He was a serious, serious football person. You have to put him in the same bracket as Fagan, Paisley and Shankly. You must for what he achieved here.’

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