Date: 30th December 2019 at 5:00pm
Written by: Zak Roome

Lots of Leeds United fans have been slamming Liam Cooper on social media for his performance in Sunday’s 5-4 win over Birmingham City.

Cooper opened the league affair at St. Andrew’s alongside centre-back partners Ben White and Luke Ayling, as boss Marcelo Bielsa handed the 28-year-old his third-straight start since returning from a calf strain.

The blow had sidelined Cooper for our wins over Huddersfield Town, Hull City and the 3-3 draw with Cardiff, having already missed four games earlier in the campaign through a knock and a groin problem.

Some Whites fans have now questioned whether or not Cooper has shaken off his ‘League One Liam’ nickname, as our captain showed no signs of deserving a place in the side on Sunday as we let slip the lead on three occasions.

Cooper struggled when Birmingham sought to pile on the pressure and he was called upon to defend Kiko Casilla’s net, with his only real saving grace being his greater ability in the air.

Two-time Scotland international Cooper won 56% of his nine aerial duels at the weekend, whereas White won 43% of his seven and Ayling failed to win either of his two attempted contests, per WhoScored data.

Only Birmingham’s Lukas Jutkiewicz and Harlee Dean (7) won more aerial duels in total than Cooper (5), who held a joint-lead for United with midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

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Cooper also took possession with each of his two attempted tackles and penned six clearances, but could only complete 36 of his 56 passes and both of his attempted tackles came prior to Birmingham’s first goal of the day.

The £5.4million-rated centre-half lost two of his four ground duels and lost possession 20 times, as well as committing two fouls and failed to block a single shot at Birmingham, too, per Sofa Score statistics.

Here are some of the messages shared on Cooper’s performance against Birmingham…

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