Leeds United captain Liam Cooper gives assessment over passing key points mark with Sheffield United win

The Whites moved into the top half with victory over the Blades in LS11.

Leeds United captain Liam Cooper celebrates with Diego Llorente at full-time. Pic: Getty
Leeds United captain Liam Cooper celebrates with Diego Llorente at full-time. Pic: Getty

Liam Cooper insists Leeds United will continue to look to improve after passing the key 40-point mark in the Premier League.

The Whites claimed Yorkshire derby bragging rights against Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon.

Victory at Elland Road saw Marcelo Bielsa's men move onto 42 points for the season with eight games remaining in their debut top flight campaign for 16 years.

Winger Jack Harrison put United ahead before Ben Osborn levelled against the run of play in first half stoppage time.

A Phil Jagielka own goal, though, put Leeds back in front and proved to be the deciding goal to heap more misery on the relegation-threatened Blades and help United over a key landmark tally in the standings.

"It's always massive and we're always looking to improve," Cooper said post-match.

"Obviously at the start of the season that was the aim to stay in the league. Now we've got to the magic point line [of 40] hopefully we can go and get some more wins to progress ourselves up the table.

"We always set out to be better. We work hard every single day and that has to continue."

Asked about the win over Sheffield United, he said: "We all know how important the derby games are. It's a deserved win in the end. I thought we could've scored a few more.

"It's a great result for ourselves and our fans. If the ball goes into the area at such pace it is difficult for any defender to deal with.

"We've got the rub of the green in this one and obviously Jags has put it in his own net. I thought we could've had a few more goals today. On a different day, maybe we do."