By Pranav Shahaney

27th Apr, 2021 | 3:30pm

Adam Pope hits out at Leeds fans for scapegoating Liam Cooper

BBC journalist Adam Pope has slammed Leeds United fans for making captain and first-team mainstay Liam Cooper the scapegoat.

Cooper’s had rotten luck with injuries this season, but whenever he’s been fit, he’s been one of Marcelo Bielsa’s first names on the team sheet.

He’s currently suspended after a poor tackle in the game against Man City.

However, some Leeds fans have not held back in their criticism of the player this season, which has surprised Pope.

One Leeds fan asked, “What is it Adam with some of our fans and Cooper?”

Pope replied, “Some need a scapegoat even when things are going well.

“Cooper for me has performed well as captain throughout his time at the club and has also bounced back from injury well to be a key part of its rise.

“Several other captains have failed to cope with the magnitude of Leeds United.”

Couldn’t agree more

One major drawback of social media is that it amplifies negative opinions and sets incorrect perceptions about certain people and things.

Cooper is a classic victim of this. He’s been our commander-in-chief and one of Bielsa’s trusted stalwarts on the field, but a section of our fanbase doesn’t seem satisfied with him.

What they forget that Bielsa doesn’t believe in favourtism and everyone is in the team based on their merit. If players aren’t performing, the Argentine has no problem in benching them.

One thing’s for sure, one of the reasons this team has been so united behind the scenes is because of Cooper’s influence and dressing room presence.

We admire his leadership and are proud to have him at the club, regardless of what some fans want to believe.

However, with Diego Llorente looking strong, alongside Pascal Struijk, and Robin Koch waiting on the sidelines, there’s a lot of competition at the back at Leeds.

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