Jurgen Klopp praises Dejan Lovren's World Cup exploits

Jurgen Klopp praises Dejan Lovren's World Cup exploits

Dejan Lovren has now reached the Champions League and World Cup final just a couple of months apart but he's getting a bit carried away with himself.

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

"I took Liverpool to the final of the Champions League and now with my national team we are in the final", he told ESPN.

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

Dejan Lovren made history with Croatia on Wednesday night but wants to rewrite it immediately by helping his country lift the World Cup. People will never forget us.

Subasic suffered a tight hamstring towards the end of Croatia's quarter-final win over hosts Russian Federation and was unable to take goal-kicks before the tie went to penalties.

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It is the first time since 1998 that the nation of just over four million people have reached this stage of the competition, after they eliminated Russian Federation in a penalty shoot-out at the weekend.

"But we enjoy to play against big teams, as we showed against Argentina, and have nothing to lose".

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.

If Lovren and his team-mates can control Mbappe and manage the alternative threats of Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann on Sunday in Moscow, Croatia will have a genuine chance of pulling off a victory.

Lovren, whose nation are into the semi-finals for the first time since 1998, said Croatia could play with freedom.

"We shouldn't be surprised that Croatia are in the last four at a World Cup, given the quality of players", said Dalic, who only took over as coach towards the end of their qualifying campaign.

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