Steve Evans praises Leeds United defender Liam Cooper

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Liam Cooper has made 36 appearances for Leeds United so far this season.

Steve Evans has praised Leeds United defender Liam Cooper, after his last two performances for the Whites, on Radio Yorkshire.

Cooper has started against Burnley and Birmingham City in Leeds' two most recent matches, and he has looked like a formidable presence in the heart of Yorkshire side’s defence.

His performance against Burnley was so impressive that Scotland boss Gordon Strachan text Evans to state how impressed he was with the former Chesterfield man.

“Cooper is a top player. Gordon has seen it himself on Saturday,” Evans said.

“I had a nice message on Saturday evening, which demonstrates the class of the man. He also felt we should have won against Burnley.”

Strachan recently rewarded Cooper with his first call-up to the Scotland squad to reward his good form this season.

The towering centre-back has now established himself as a key member of Leeds’ starting team, and he has made 36 appearances in all competitions for the Whites this season.

Cooper has arguably become Leeds’ most integral centre-back, and he looks set to have a key part to play for the remainder of the term.

Leeds’ 2-1 win over Birmingham City has lifted them up to 15th place in the Championship table, with their next match coming against Reading at Elland Road.

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