Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp backs Dejan Lovren after Croatia World Cup run

Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup

Lovren, however, managed to regain Jurgen Klopp's confidence and the German coach used him in 29 Premier League matches, while the Croatian didn't miss a single game in Liverpool's way to the Champions League final.

The former Southampton man has had a lot of unnecessary flak in recent times, including a whole lot of abuse on social media after he had an absolute stinker in a 4-1 defeat to Spurs at Wembley.

The 29-year-old has been criticised for his performances for Liverpool this season but has played a key role in Croatia's success in Russian Federation this summer.

'From my point of view, I had people saying I had a hard season, but I don't agree with that.

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

Liverpool and Croatia centre-back Dejan Lovren believes he is one of the best defenders in the world after reaching the Champions League and World Cup final in one season.

Lovren and his team-mates helped shackle England captain Harry Kane during last night's 2-1 extra time victory, and will now face France in Sunday's decider. "We showed our character, we showed that we deserved to be in the final and people should respect us", he said.

"This is something we will never forget".

One player Lovren insists should garner the respect of football fans worldwide is compatriot and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, urging FIFA to recognise his achievements and award him the Ballon d'Or. This is historical for us. We beat our record of 20 years ago and we had it on our shoulders all the time, this weight. "Now we've got a chance to do something better on Sunday".

At the 1998 World Cup, they exited at the semi-final stage to France.

"It's something, for me, special".



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