Leeds fans pan 25-year-old as a liability after draw against Aston Villa
By Alex Stevens
Leeds fans took to Twitter to slam Liam Cooper as a liability in the wake of his display in Thursday’s 1-1 draw against Aston Villa.
Garry Monk’s side secured a point at the home of the Midlands giants but were unable to hold on to the lead given to them by Pontus Jansson.
In a captivating second half in which Leeds twice struck the crossbar and dominated the play, Cooper appeared to be in control at the back alongside Jansson after being recalled to the team.
But Cooper, 25, gave Villa a lifeline when he raised his arm under pressure from substitute Rudy Gestede to handle the ball in the Leeds area.
Following discussion among the officials, the referee pointed to the spot and Jonathan Kodjia tucked away the penalty.
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Leeds fans took to social media to lay into Cooper, who had been recalled to the team in place of the injured Kyle Bartley, and question his reliability in the centre of the defence.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Cooper is a liability and a freekick waiting to happen! #lufc
— Leedsfan (@Leedsfan75) December 29, 2016
Blaming Cooper entirely for this, keep your arms down ffs #LUFC
— Luke Wilson (@LukeWilson8) December 29, 2016
Is there seriously one person out there that feels safe when Cooper is in the defence absolutely useless prat #lufc
— Mr Glassalfempty (@DRobinson92) December 29, 2016
Good God how aren’t we home and hosed here. Ridiculous penalty from Cooper. Moment of madness #LUFC
— Diarmuid Nolan (@dermonolan91) December 29, 2016
And that’s why Cooper isn’t normally in the side #LUFC
— Chris C 🙂 🙂 🙂 (@RedThunderChris) December 29, 2016
That was a very very unlucky game. They were never getting into that game. Cooper get out #lufc
— Lucas Gibson (@LucasG1998) December 29, 2016
Hope Cooper stays off twitter for a while he’s getting some right grief! #lufc
— Chris wilson (@wi1son79) December 29, 2016
Leeds’ failure to hold on to their one-goal advantage meant they climbed only one place in the table rather than the two that was possible.
But Monk’s side leapfrogged Huddersfield to rise to fourth in the Championship, their highest place in an increasingly impressive campaign.
Leeds have now secured 42 points from their 24 matches in the league and are just seven points adrift of the second automatic promotion place.