He’s just been part of a historic Scotland squad – and now Leeds United captain Liam Cooper has been ranked amongst Europe’s elite.

Cooper has been part of Steve Clarke’s team over the last week as Scotland secured Euro 2020 qualification for the first time since 1998. Now Cooper will head back to Leeds United to help their Premier League efforts.

Cooper has been thriving in the Premier League.
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His status as one of the most important players at Elland Road has been highlighted this term especially, taking to Premier League life with ease nearly 10 years after his top-flight debut.

Now the Leeds United and Scotland star has been ranked amongst some of the best defender’s in Europe in a key stat (CIES Football Observatory). Cooper has won 80% of his defensive aerial duels in the Premier League this term.

That’s more than Virgil Van Dijk won last term as Liverpool won the league and more than Barcelona legend Gerard Pique and German stalwart Mats Hummels, amongst others.

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The Elland Road skipper is thriving. (Photo by Erwin Spek/Soccrates/Getty Images)

It shows Cooper is doing well in Leeds United action. But he has a job on his hands to get into Clarke’s regular Scotland XI, Scott McTominay, Declan Gallagher and Kieran Tierney appearing to be his defence of choice in a 3-5-2 system.

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