Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup

Ross Houston
July 13, 2018

Klopp's comments come after Lovren claimed that based on his recent exploits, including with the Reds in the Champions League, people should view him as one of the world's best defenders.

Lovren came in for criticism in the first-half of last season, in particular when he was hooked half-an-hour into a 4-1 defeat by Tottenham at Wembley.

But having helped his side overcome England 2-1 in their semi-final in Moscow on Wednesday, Lovren is demanding respect.

The defender, who also reached the Champions League final with Liverpool in May, will face France in the World Cup final on Sunday and the 29-year-old feels he has proved himself this season.

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.

Last night he exorcised those ghosts, helping to shut Harry Kane down as Croatia reached the World Cup final.

"I went through a lot of sh** and now I would say it is coming back". They had also good chances, but second half we did it much, much better.

"People are crying, they are happy in our country - this is something historical for us", Lovren said.

"We will never forget this". People now will never forget us. We beat our record of 20 years ago and we had it on our shoulders all the time, this weight.

'We have the chance to do something better, and hopefully we can do it on Sunday. Before this game they said we are exhausted but we showed in extra-time we had fresher legs than them.

He added that Croatia captain Luka Modric was "one of the best midfield players in the world", and deserved to win the Ballon d'Or should Croatia win the World Cup. I didn't see all of the World Cup games but a lot - he played a fantastic tournament so far.

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