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.