By Daniel Feliciano

30th Oct, 2022 | 6:10pm

Liam Cooper is done at Leeds United, new signing in January must be a priority

Leeds United finally showed that they have got some great fight in their team with a win over Liverpool on Saturday, but one player stood out for the wrong reasons.

As Rodrigo capitalised on a huge mistake, Crysencio Summerville took his chance with a late winner and Tyler Adams showed his importance to the team with a dominant midfield display, captain Liam Cooper could easily have cost the team points.

He was saved by Illan Meslier on several occasions during the game, and it became evident that despite his standing at the club he must now step back from the lineup and potentially Elland Road entirely.

Robin Koch has emerged as the club’s best centre-back this season and is the first name on the teamsheet for Jesse Marsch in that position, but his partner is up in the air.

Diego Llorente has had glimpses of good and bad form since joining the club, Charlie Cresswell’s loan at Millwall has gone sour after an initially great start and Cooper just isn’t good enough for this level any more.

There are three games remaining before the World Cup break means no football for six weeks, with two of those games being Premier League fixtures.

Then immediately after the team returns to action, the January transfer window will be set to open but you can be sure that well run clubs will be pushing to get deals done or over the line during the World Cup tournament.

Because of that, Leeds must ensure that they’re in the hunt for any top centre-backs that become available in order to bolster the team and get Cooper out of the firing line.

It will be necessary to do if the club want to avoid a real battle with relegation this season, and they only need to look at their rivals last season to see that.

Everton were the other side that could have gone down that didn’t, and in the summer they were able to sign Conor Coady and James Tarkowski.

They now sit in mid-table with a great defensive record this season and it seems highly unlikely that another battle with the bottom of the table will be in their sights this season.

Leeds can take a page out of their book and sort the heart of their defence in January to aid their chances of survival, but most importantly to get Cooper as far away from the starting lineup as possible.

In other Leeds news, Marsch could be “done” as manager at Leeds and could get sacked before the World Cup