Liam Cooper is confident Leeds United can survive their first season back in the Premier League as the Scotland ace sets a safety target.

The centre-back will likely feature for Scotland in next month’s World Cup qualifiers as the national team returns to action ahead of Euro 2020 this summer. On the domestic scene, Cooper and Leeds United have been going well.

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The Scotland and Leeds United defender is going well. (Photo by Paul Greenwood – CameraSport via Getty Images)

On their return to England’s top flight, they already look clear of any relegation threat, sitting 10th in the table, 17 points clear of the relegation zone. Cooper has featured 17 times as Leeds United skipper under Marcelo Bielsa this term.

But the Scotland defender is keeping boots on the ground after a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace, saying safety is the key goal: “We talked about getting a home win and a clean sheet, and we managed to do that.

“I thought the lads were really good, we limited a very good Crystal Palace team to not having many chances and took our chances at the other end. I am proud of the boys, we look to improve every single day. As a club and as a team, we pride ourselves on working hard and limiting the opposition chances.

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Cooper is keeping feet on the ground. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

“We’ve done that against a very good side and hopefully we can continue to do that. I said last week we want to finish as high as we can. We’re under no illusions about how difficult it is in this league and every game is a different challenge.

“I know it is a cliche but all we can do is concentrate on the next game, what will be will be at the end of the season. Our target at the start of the season was to stay in the league and hopefully we can do that.”

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