Liam Cooper reached a milestone at Leeds United this past weekend.
Speaking to a press conference via The Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has lavished praise on his captain Liam Cooper.
The centre-back has been an ever-present figure in a Leeds side challenging for Premier League promotion, starting 29 of the Whites’ 36 Championship games this season.
Cooper, brought to Elland Road by David Hockaday in 2014, made his 150th appearance for the club on Saturday and marked it with a clean sheet in the 1-0 win at Bristol City.
The 27-year-old has also captained United on 100 occasions – only 11 other players have earned that distinction – and Bielsa couldn’t say enough positive things about his skipper ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Reading.
“The fact that he represents his team-mates is a virtue itself. It is not up to me to describe the qualities the players see in Liam,” he told a press conference, via The YEP.
“I can tell you what I am impressed about. You can’t find a better professional than him. He feels love for his profession apart from the fact it is his job.
“He is generous and prioritises the needs of his team-mates before his own needs.”
Bielsa is spot-on. Cooper exemplifies the club’s ‘side before self’ mantra, popularised by the great Billy Bremner.
He is the ideal captain and if any Leeds player deserves a taste of Premier League football, it’s Cooper.