'I hate being around' - Liam Cooper makes blunt admission about Leeds poor run
By Danny Wright
Leeds United captain Liam Cooper has bluntly admitted that he ‘hates’ being around the training ground when the mood in the camp is so low.
Cooper, 26, has revealed that the atmosphere at Thorp Arch this week hasn’t been the best after Leeds suffered their third straight defeat to Reading last Saturday.
Losses to Cardiff and Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday prior to that have seen the Whites let slip of their lead at the top of the Championship table and go into this weekend’s clash at Ashton Gate in sixth place,
Although Cooper has admitted that the mood has been poor as of late, he is still confident that he and his team-mates can get themselves out of the rut, starting with a win at Bristol City on Saturday.
“We know in this league that we’ve proved we can win three, four or five games on the bounce but we don’t want to get used to this. It’s not a nice feeling. (The training ground) wasn’t a nice place in the first few days of this week and I hate being around here when it’s like that,” he said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
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“Confidence isn’t brilliant because it never is when you’re losing games. It’s a lot easier to be confident when you’re winning. But you’ve got to find confidence in yourself and that rolls onto the players around you. I’ll be doing everything I can to get the boys up for it but I don’t think that’ll be needed. The boys are up for it.”
Cooper has been ever-present for Leeds this season, making 10 appearances across all competitions.
In the Whites’ four losses of the campaign, the Scot has only featured in two of them having been injured for the clash at Millwall and suspended against Wednesday after a red card at Cardiff.
A win for Leeds this weekend against Bristol City could potentially see them rise to fourth in the table, above Lee Johnson’s side, who have been in impressive form as of late having not lost since the opening day of the season.
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