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Liam Cooper on what he will do to stay in the Leeds team

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Liam Cooper impressed in his last two starts for Leeds United.

23-year-old Cooper has been in and out of the Leeds first-team since his arrival from Chesterfield during the summer.

He had to wait a number of weeks to make his Championship debut for the club - keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough - although he took his tally of starts to five on Saturday, having been named in the centre of defence for the 3-1 victory over Blackpool.

Having started the 2-2 draw with Charlton during the week, in the place of the suspended Jason Pearce, former Scotland youth international Cooper kept his place at the expense of Giuseppe Bellusci - himself suspended having picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the Charlton game.

Cooper impressed in both appearances, scoring the opening goal in the Blackpool game, and many have been calling for him to keep his place in the starting XI when the Championship returns after the international break. Some are suggesting that Pearce should be dropped, with his lack of pace failing to make up for his leadership abilities, whilst Bellusci has come under criticism for his high fouling rate, although he provides a serious threat when on the offensive.

Despite Cooper’s performances in the recent weeks, it is still likely that he will be left out of the starting line-up for the Whites next game with Blackburn, but he told the Yorkshire Post that he is working as hard as he can to get into the first-team, although he is aware the decision still comes down to head coach Neil Redfearn first-and-foremost.

The former Hull trainee said: “If you aren’t patient in football, it will eat you up.

“I have just worked hard and kept my head down and luckily managed to start the last couple of games. So, hopefully, long may that continue.

“That is down to the manager and the staff. I am just going to give my all in every game and if that’s enough, that’s enough to stay in the team.”

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