Leeds United captain Liam Cooper has claimed that a trip the City Ground to face Nottingham Forest is his favourite away trip. The Scotland international was speaking during a Q&A event at Elland Road and his comments were cited by Nottinghamshire Live.
The 28-year-old has been at Leeds for five years and has made 172 appearances for the Whites. After initially taking some time to impress the supporters at Elland Road, he is now firmly established as the club’s trusted leader.
Last season Cooper spent some time out injured and he was unfortunate enough to miss the Whites’ 4-2 defeat at the City Ground – the stadium he considers his favourite to play at away from Elland Road.
In quotes by Nottinghamshire Live, he said: “Favourite away ground would be – I like the Forest ground.
“The atmosphere is always good and we always get a good allocation.”
Cooper did concede that if one of last season’s promoted sides were still playing in the Championship, the City Ground wouldn’t have a got a look in.
He continued: “Obviously if Aston Villa are still in the league, I’d say that. Villa Park is brilliant.”
Cooper has already played against Forest this season. He was in the Leeds team that drew 1-1 with the Reds back in August.
He is now very much a mainstay in Marcelo Bielsa’s ranks and he will hope to right the wrongs of last season’s defeat in the play-offs by helping the club to promotion this time around.
Nottingham Forest News view – Cooper comments should make January targets stand up and take notice
Despite the City Ground now looking dated somewhat, it is nice to hear an opposition player cite the famous stadium as one to look forward to on the fixture list.
The Reds will begin redeveloping the stadium in the coming months and that is long overdue.
Plans that have been put in place look superb and Forest are aiming to keep some of the character that has been evident for many years.
Cooper’s comments, however, should only bode well for any January target who potentially has to consider a move to Forest.
Of course, the lofty league position right now would automatically make Forest an attractive proposition. There is an awful lot of football to play before the January window reopens.
Cooper’s comments should serve to remind anyone weighing up a move to the club, that turning out in front of an atmospheric City Ground crowd is not something to turn down.