By Wayne Veysey

29th Dec, 2016 | 9:52pm

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:

 

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.

In other Leeds news, these are the first two signings that incoming new owner Andrea Radrizzani will make in the January transfer window.