Liam Cooper hopes Ben White stays at Leeds United amid reported Liverpool interest in Brighton defender
Captain Liam Cooper hopes Ben White can stay at Leeds United beyond his season-long loan spell from Brighton and Hove Albion.
White, who has appeared in all 37 of the Whites' Championship fixtures, has excelled at Elland Road under Marcelo Bielsa.
His performance at centre-half - and sometimes central midfield - has enhanced his reputation with clubs such as Liverpool reportedly watching with a keen eye.
The Seagulls have a decision to make on the 22-year-old when he returns to the South Coast, but Cooper, like every Leeds fan, wants the player to remain in LS11.
Speaking to Sky Sports' 'At Home with... Leeds United' feature, the Whites captain gave a glowing review of the former Peterborough United loanee.
He said: “He plays with such an old head on his shoulders and a lad of his age to have done what he has done this season - he’s not missed a game in his first season in the Championship.
“To reach the levels he consistently has done in every single game has been unbelievable.
“I think the lads will vouch for me here - off the pitch he is thick as thieves but when he goes onto that pitch, you would never know that.
“He’s such an intelligent defender and I think he is going to go on to have an unbelievable career - hopefully that can be with Leeds United.
“He lives near York now - he loves it up here and took to the group straight away. We’ve got a young group and it was easy for him to settle in.
“He has been unbelievable and I think he has proved to everyone who did doubt him that he can definitely do it at this level and probably will at the highest level as well."