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Spanish Youngster leaves Anfield


Liverpool have released Spanish youngster Francisco Duran. Since joining from Malaga in 2007, the midfielder has been plagued with injuries and has had three operations on his knees, two on his right and one on his left. On his most recent return from injury in March, reserve coach John McMahon praised Duran’s abilities:

“You wouldn’t have thought Francis had been out for so long with that display. He was comfortable in possession. He was clever with his passing and his movement and always made himself available.”

Compared most favourably to Xabi Alonso in style, Duran was an intellligent player and like his Spanish counterparts was technically proficient on the ball, and he possessed a good touch, good distribution as well as competent defensive positioning. However, injuries have taken their toll on the player and the 22 year old will now have to find a new club.

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  • daboy says:

    I thought without injuries he could have been special.

  • samuel charles says:

    too many injuries, 3 knees problems since with us, to light weight, will not make the grade in england and will in the end, end up out with a huge injury again. why reira is still at the club fcuk knows….

  • steven says:

    even after his injuries he still showed more quality than any other reserve player along with pacheco. way better than spearing, plessis, irwin and any other centre mid we have in reserves. also he would have added more than lucas in the first team. you dont have to be physical to succeed in prem, look at fabregas. duran had the mentality and ability. im very annoyed by this.

  • paul bishop says:

    tot agree alonso wasnt exactly physical but his vision and passing made him our best player b4 he was sold

  • samuel charles says:

    spearing is crap and so is plessies they need go…

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