'Animals' - Liam Cooper reacts with defiant message after red card in Leeds United's epic success at Manchester City

LIAM COOPER saluted his Leeds United team mates as "animals" following their incredible efforts with ten men in Saturday's 2-1 victory at runaway leaders Manchester City.

Saturday, 10th April 2021, 3:51 pm
Updated Saturday, 10th April 2021, 3:52 pm

Whites captain Cooper was eventually shown a straight-red card during first half stoppage time of Saturday's clash at the Etihad following a high challenge on Gabriel Jesus which initially earned the skipper a booking.

Cooper won the ball but his high follow-through led to a yellow card from referee Andre Marriner who was then advised by the VAR David Coote to check his monitor.

The slow motion replay then did Cooper no favours and the man in the middle returned to the scene to wipe out the yellow card and instead dish out a straight red.

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LAST LAUGH: For Leeds United through Saturday's 2-1 triumph at Manchester City despite Whites captain Liam Cooper, right, being shown a straight red card. Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images.

Leeds had gone ahead just four minutes earlier through Stuart Dallas and City eventually equalised with 14 minutes left through Ferran Torres.

The Whites, though, provided one last sting in the tail as Marcelo Bielsa's side countered in the 91st minute to bag a dramatic winning goal as Dallas doubled his tally with a cool finish following Gjanni Alioski's through ball.

The victory condemned City to only a fourth defeat of the season and Cooper quickly took to social media after the success to reflect on his dismissal but also hail his team mates.

"It is what it is! But make sure you F****N keep us down because boy are we coming back," said Cooper.

"Get that into you!!!!!

"My brothers are animals! MOT."

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Thank you Laura Collins