Liam Cooper has made a young fans’ dream come true with a great touch before Leeds United v Arsenal.

The Scotland defender returned to the domestic scene on Sunday as Leeds United drew 0-0 with the Gunners. Cooper turned in a solid display during this match.

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The Leeds United defender was solid. (Photo by Molly Darlington – Pool/Getty Images)

But it was his pre-match moment that really caught the eye. 13-year-old Elliot Metcalfe is suffering from Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare type of cancer. Through the Make A Wish Foundation, he had shown a desire to be an Elland Road mascot.

Under normal circumstances he would lead Leeds United out with the captain but with current restrictions in place due to Covid-19, mascots have been sidelined for the time being.

Cooper made sure that Elliot would still get that experience alongside sister Verity, the pair connected on a tablet which Cooper held from the tunnel all the way to the coin toss.

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A class act. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

It was a touching moment and true leadership from the Leeds United captain, the Scotland international saying after the game: “Hope you all enjoyed the game Elliot.

“You stay strong young man. We are all with you and it was our pleasure to have you walk on the pitch with us. Sending all the love and strength in the world.”

The centre-back has come in for widespread praise after this brilliant touch.


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