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'It's not natural' - Leeds' Liam Cooper speaks on playing at left-back

Leeds United's Liam Cooper was the surprise selection against Reading, and he has admitted he has had some adjustment to do.

Liam Cooper was the surprise selection in the Leeds team against Reading, coming in for Stephen Warnock.

Manager Darko Milanic said after the game that he had been selected for tactical reasons.

Cooper, a summer signing from Chesterfield, was making his first league start since the brief Dave Hockaday era.

Predominantly a centre-back, Cooper admitted it did not feel normal being played in the position.

He told Leeds United TV: "It's not natural, obviously I'm left footed. In the centre it's more natural.

"I've played there a few times for Chesterfield last season but obvously I'm in a bigger and better league now, your coming up against top, top wingers.

"It's hard with the positioning and the physical side of it obviously but that's going to come with playing games, my positional sense. I'll keep going."

Cooper did his chances no harm, helping Leeds keep a clean sheet. The club have a big squad, and with three matches in eight days it in many ways made sense for Milanic to rotate.

Whether he keeps his place for the Sheffield Wednesday game is unclear, but he did not let himself down at Elland Road last night.


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