'Do one', 'Idiot', 'In the wrong sport' - Leeds fans rage at 26-y/o after extraordinary excuse
By Richard Parks
Leeds United fans are fuming at Liam Cooper after he claimed today (FRIDAY) that the team’s season fell apart following their league defeat to Millwall last September.
The United skipper said at a media conference, as quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay, that the 1-0 loss eight months prompted a slide that the team never recovered from.
Liam Cooper speaking now: says the Millwall defeat in September hit the players hard and they haven’t ever truly recovered from that. On Heckingbottom, described him as a “very good coach”. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 4, 2018
Cooper’s extraordinary comment prompted a deluge of criticism from stunned Leeds fans on social media.
A number of supporters called on the club to sell a player who is not up to the task of playing for the club, while others highlighted his mental fragility at being unable to bounce back from a defeat just a month into the season.
Most were furious
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
If Cooper isn’t one of the players who have been told his future lies elsewhere that will say a lot about how serious the club are about improving and what kind of season 2018-2019 will be… #LUFC
— Cockney White (@cockney_white) May 4, 2018
— markcally (@markcally8) May 4, 2018
Liam cooper doing his all not to get bought by anyone with any sense #lufc
— tim mollitt (@sparkytim999) May 4, 2018
SO tempted to just not go on Sunday, Liam Cooper has killed off my remaining energy by saying they’re gonna dwell on negatives all Summer. Throughout all this, I’ve still managed not to @ Radz #LUFC
— Joe LUFC (@LUFC_LUFC) May 4, 2018
— ⚽️Mark Scaife⚽️ (@yorkshire_rebel) May 4, 2018
So they gave up on the season after 8 https://t.co/jpLIShWLAK.????
— Diddlysquat (@markrikko) May 4, 2018
Goodness me. Are they that weak as a collective? If only the captain had stepped in and dragged them throu that defeat.
— Simon O’Rourke (@simon_orourke) May 4, 2018
He’s in the wrong sport the massive fanny
— Graeme Bandeira (@GraemeBandeira) May 4, 2018
Loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool oh wow I’ve heard it all now !! If we can’t bounce back from a defeat all that time ago there is something wrong
— Ron (@ronaallleeds) May 4, 2018
Sorry, but that’s utterly pathetic. How mentally weak are they to be affected that badly by 1 defeat?
— MJ (@elland_toad) May 4, 2018
Leeds were top of the table under former manager Thomas Christiansen when they lost by the one-goal margin against Millwall, who are in contention to seal a play-off spot.
United have had a wretched second half of the season and are placed 14th in the table ahead of their final match of the campaign against QPR on Sunday.