Klopp hails ‘per­fect role model’ Mo­ran

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LIVER­POOL man­ager Jur­gen Klopp hailed Ron­nie Mo­ran as the ‘per­fect role model’ fol­low­ing the death of the club’s for­mer cap­tain and coach.

Mo­ran, who was di­ag­nosed with vas­cu­lar de­men­tia four years ago, died on Wednesday morn­ing aged 83 hav­ing served the club for 49 years.

He per­formed a va­ri­ety of roles, from player all the way to care­taker boss on two oc­ca­sions, and dur­ing his stay the club won 13 league cham­pi­onships, four Euro­pean Cups, two UEFA Cups, five FA Cups and five League Cups.

“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,” Klopp said.

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

“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.

“I had the hon­our of meet­ing him last year around the League Cup fi­nal.

“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.’”

The squad, mi­nus their international play­ers, are cur­rently away at a warm-weather camp in Tener­ife.

All play­ers and staff held a minute’s si­lence be­fore train­ing on Wednesday.

“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,” Klopp added.

“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.

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


Jan 28, 1960 file photo shows Liver­pool cap­tain Ron­nie Mo­ran lead­ing his team out onto the An­field pitch.

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