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Jurgen Klopp praises Dejan Lovren's World Cup exploits

Jurgen Klopp praises Dejan Lovren's World Cup exploits

Dejan Lovren made history with Croatia on Wednesday night but wants to rewrite it immediately by helping his country lift the World Cup.

With a place in the final secured after a 2017-18 season in which Liverpool reached the Champions League final despite criticisms of their defensive weaknesses, Lovren feels a point had been proven about his quality as a player.

"I got a question about the 4-1 against Tottenham [in the Premier League]", he said.

Speaking after Croatia's 2-1 win over England, Lovren told beIN Sports: 'It's something special, for me.

The Croatian defence was run ragged by Raheem Sterling in the first half, one where England should have taken advantage and scored a second goal.

"From my point of view, people said I had a hard season but I don't agree with that", he told BeIN Sports after beating England. "People are crying. It's something historical for us", the Liverpool defender said.

"Without being arrogant, I think I have proved to be one of the best defenders in the world".

He continued: 'This is something we will never forget. Before this game they said we are exhausted but we showed in extra-time we had fresher legs than them.

"After 20 years, people will remember us, not only the '98 team".

Dalic refused to confirm whether right back Sime Vrsaljko would miss the game, after the Atletico Madrid player came off in extra time against Russian Federation.

'We have the chance to do something better, and hopefully we can do it on Sunday.

Lovren added that Luka Modric should be in line to win the Ballon d'Or following his excellent performances for Croatia, if they manage to beat France in Sunday's final. "After everything that's been said before the game, we showed our character and that we deserve to be in the final".

"I showed why I took Liverpool to the final of the Champions League and now with the national team, and now I'm in the World Cup final".


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