Moran played 379 games for the club and spent more than 30 years on the coaching staff at Anfield, including a couple of spells in caretaker charge of the first team, and left having won 44 trophies.
“He was truly wonderful,” said Thompson. “Inspirational, our guide. Throughout all those glory days you needed somebody to keep the feet on the ground of all these super stars and this guy was the man.
“Every day he was a driving force, no matter whether we’d won 4-0, 5-0 at the weekend, you’d come in Monday morning and he’d be bellowing out instructions, ‘you got nothing for last Saturday’, and we had this for year upon year.
“Sometimes as a young man you used to think, ‘nothing satisfies this man’, but without him we wouldn’t have won half the trophies and I do say this, and it’s not just a flippant comment, Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley, great, but Ronnie Moran is up there with those two greats.”
Thompson helped to launch a book on Moran titled ‘Mr Liverpool’ recently, having played under the Crosby-born left-back throughout his entire Liverpool career.