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Image: Liam Cooper excels as Leeds United edge past Crystal Palace

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Liam Cooper captained Leeds United to a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Elland Road on Tuesday evening.

Leeds left it late to beat Palace, with Raphinha stroking home a 94th minute penalty after Marc Guehi had handled a Cooper header.

Despite that crucial role in winning the penalty, it was at the other end of the field where Cooper really shone, as our graphic shows:

In 90 minutes, the 30-year-old’s defensive contribution was immense.

Cooper made six interceptions, 22 ball recoveries, seven clearances and won each of his seven aerial duels.

Additionally, Marcelo Bielsa’s skipper also attempted 79 passes, 87% of which were successful, helping Leeds to build through the thirds.

For more on Cooper’s performance against Crystal Palace and why he’s in the Leeds XI on merit alone, follow this link.

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