22nd March 2017
Steven Gerrard often stepped onto the pitch for Liverpool with the words of Ronnie Moran lodged at the forefront of his mind.
The paths of the two men – each iconic figures in Reds history – crossed fleetingly in the late 1990s as Gerrard emerged as a hugely exciting prospect and Moran neared the conclusion of 49 years’ service to the club.
But that did not stop the latter, a former captain, coach and caretaker manager who passed away at the age of 83 on Wednesday morning, from imparting wisdom to the midfielder as he set about creating a legacy of his own.
Moran visited Melwood regularly following his retirement in 1998 and on each occasion, Gerrard would dearly hope for the opportunity to chat with ‘Mr Liverpool’ for a few moments.
“If you knew that Ronnie was in doing his daily walk, you would always hope you would get a couple of minutes of his time, because he would always say one line to you or give you one bit of advice about the previous game or the game coming up that stuck in your head,” he said.