Liam Cooper reveals just how much Leeds United's players missed their fans after unbelievable return to Elland Road
Leeds United's fans are back in full - and captain Liam Cooper has opened up on just how much they were missed.
United's fans had previously last filled the stands of their famous home for the Championship clash at home to Huddersfield Town back in March 2020 when Leeds were still three months away from sealing a return to Premier League football.
Supporters were then locked out as the Whites finally returned to the top flight for the first time since 2004 as games were played behind closed doors due to social distancing measures in the country's fight against coronavirus.
A permitted 8,000 Whites fans were allowed back for last season's Premier League finale against West Brom but the weekend finally brought a return of the real deal and Cooper could not hide his delight.
"It's unbelievable," said United's skipper.
"They have been starved of it.
"It's been a long time coming. We have missed them unbelievably.
"Walking out today, the atmosphere, the energy, the positivity, we feed off that.
"They are our 12th man every single home and we are just so buzzing to have them back."
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Thank you Laura Collins