Hull City: Cooper takes Premier pressure in his stride
HULL City's Liam Cooper admits his rise through the Tigers ranks has been much quicker than he expected – but he feels ready to deal with the pressures of Premier League football.
Speaking exclusively only in today's Mail, the 18-year-old Hull born player paid tribute to the influence of his parents, and manager Phil Brown.
Hull City's Liam Cooper
And having made his debut in City's 6-1 defeat at Liverpool three weeks ago, he says he is finally feeling at home amongst the club's superstars.
Cooper told the Mail: "I can't say off one game that I'm going to be good enough or that I've made it, but I've got confidence in myself.
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"I'll always remain a level-headed lad. My mum and dad make sure my feet are on the ground, they're very good like that.
"My life has changed massively from being a YTS to where I am now. You can't believe it's happening to you.
"This has come much earlier than I expected. I thought there was no way I'd be making my Premier League debut at 18."
For the full interview, in which Cooper talks about his upbringing, school days, his City teammates, his debut at Liverpool and his future, see today's Mail.