Ex-Liverpool captain, caretaker manager and coach Ronnie Moran has died aged 83 after a short illness, his family have confirmed. The former full-back spent a record 49 years at Anfield first as a player and then an assistant to the likes of Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley.

Moran was diagnosed with dementia in 2012 and occupied a nursing home in Southport. Son Paul wrote on Twitter: “I am devastated to tell everyone on behalf of the family that my dad passed away this morning after a short illness.”

The one-club man made 343 appearances for the Reds between 1952 and 1968, winning seven major honours including the First Division in the 1963-64 and 1965-66 seasons and the FA Cup in 1965. But it was behind the scenes where he earned is reputation as a legendary figure on Merseyside.

He served 37 years as a coach at Liverpool and made up part of the famous Liverpool boot room; a faction of the club which included Shankly, Paisley, Joe Fagen and Reuben Bennett. During his coaching career he accumulated another 37 major honours, including being a part of four European Cup victories and another 11 league titles successes.