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Leeds United’s Liam Cooper on competition for places in defence

Liam Cooper insists that he is determined to retain his place in the Leeds United starting line-up.

Leeds United defender Liam Cooper has told the club’s official website that he is not worried about the competition for places.

The 2014 summer signing is not guaranteed a first-team spot due to the good form of Sol Bamba and Giuseppe Bellusci.

Injuries have also hampered Cooper’s progress, but now that he is fully fit, he is raring to make himself a regular between now and the end of the season.

“I picked up a few injuries in my hip and groin but that’s all settled down now and I feel great again,” the 23-year-old told Leeds’s official website. “I have managed to get back in the team and hopefully I’ve done enough to keep my place.

“It’s always good when there is competition for places. Peppe is a great player and Sol is a great player. We’ve got to keep spurring each other on and I’m sure that we will.”

Cooper, who was made the Leeds captain following the sale of Stephen Warnock to Derby County in the January transfer window, shows remarkable sportsmanship with his comments.

It is not easy for any player to sit on the substitutes’ bench and not play, but it seems that Cooper is not disheartened by it.

The former Hull City defender has made 26 appearances in the Championship so far this season, scoring one goal and creating three chances in the process.

Cooper started the Championship clash against Norwich City at Elland Road on Tuesday, and his performance was decent enough.

Over the course of the 90 minutes, the Scotsman had a pass accuracy of 68%, won 57% of the headers, and made four interceptions, 10 clearances and two blocks.

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