Three reasons why Liam Cooper will forever be regarded as a Leeds United legend

Leeds United defender Liam Cooper looks set to leave the club
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The word hero is often bandied arpimd in football a little too easily these days.

But when it comes to Leeds United defender Liam Cooper, it would be hard to disagree with claims the 32-year-old hasn't forever etched his name into the hearts of Whites' supporters. Having joined from Chesterfield back in 2014, the former Hull City man has enjoyed every emotion possible during his time at Elland Road.

Title winners, euphoria, play-off heartache, relegation, you name it, he's been there. With his contract set to expire on June 30, it looks as though the Scotland international is preparing to call time on his time with Daniel Farke's side and what a journey it really has been for the centre-back.

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Here, LeedsLive does our best to single out three reasons why Cooper is so adored by Leeds supporters...

Passion personified

With the modern game often throwing loyalty into the wind, Cooper has been at the club for 10 years and during that time has always admitted he would do anything to represent United in the best possible way. Heart-on-the-sleeve defending, last-ditch tackles and fist pumps galore, the ex-Huddersfield Town loanee knows exactly how to rally a crowd and his passion will be missed by most at Elland Road.

Through thick and thin

Cooper has enjoyed quite the journey during his time with Leeds. Six seasons in the Championship came before his first taste of Premier League football, as the Whites were crowned champions back in 2019/20, with his influence vital. Playing 38 times that season, Cooper has endured pain that most supporters themselves had shared week in, week out, with the latest play-off heartache serving as a reminder as to how brutal football really can be.

Family man

The defender has often shared how much the club means to himself and his family. After all, he is a true Yorkshireman himself being from Hull. But it is his endeavours with charity that have also often gripped the hearts of the Leeds community, aiding plenty of local campaigns associated with the club and offering a helping hand to need them most.

He touched upon the recent reception he received after the club's play-off semi-final win over Norwich, stating: "It was unbelievable to get those minutes at the end of the Norwich game. It takes moments like that to realise how appreciated you are around the club. It meant a lot to me and my family. It was a moment that puts the hairs up on the back of your neck."