Liam Cooper has hit back at claims that Leeds United look tired, labelling them as “nonsense” ahead of the trip to Newcastle.

The Whites have always faced this criticism under Marcelo Bielsa, and it has heightened in recent weeks after the strange quotes from Karen Carney.

Cooper believes that Leeds have proved those wrong each week this season, as they have out-run nearly every team they have faced in the Premier League.

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Speaking to BT Sport ahead of the game against Newcastle, Cooper claimed that the Whites continue to prove those doubters wrong.

“I think it’s nonsense really,” he said.

“I think we proved last year in a 46-game season that we don’t blow up, and we keep going until the end – that has always been the case.

“We’re at the top of our physical performance, I think we’ve out-run nearly every team this season, so no I don’t think there’s any chance of us blowing out.”

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Every single time this boring claim about Leeds comes out, we roll our eyes.

If anything, the Whites are actually playing eight fewer games in the Premier League than they would have in the Championship – so they will be fresher if anything.

Looking back at past quotes, every manager in the division points out how much Leeds run and how hard they are to contain, including public enemy Dean Smith.

It is ludicrous that after every defeat, the Whites suddenly look tired under Bielsa, but after each win, they are the best thing since sliced bread.

This needs to change, as Cooper rightly claims, it’s nonsense.

In other Leeds United news, Mark Lawrenson predicts Whites clash against Newcastle

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