They make good love in Croatia - Lovren calls for respect

Tanya Simon
July 13, 2018

Lovren can have his off days - he was terrorised by Romelu Lukaku at Old Trafford in March too - but there is something to be said for a player who has reached both the Champions League final and World Cup final within three months.

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.

"From my point of view, people said I had a hard season but I don't agree", said the 29-year-old.

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.

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.

"I really don't understand these questions, always looking back to where I made some mistakes", he said.

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And he is delighted that this current Croatian generation have finally lived up to, and now surpassed, the standards of the 1998 team which reached the semi-finals.

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

"This is something we will never forget". He deserves, if we win this World Cup, the Ballon d'Or'.

"If you want, I had two players in the team because Ivan Perisic was my player when we won the double years ago at Dortmund". We've had this weight on our shoulders all the time, and now people will never forget us.

"Now we have a chance to do something even better".

'It was tough first-half. They had also good chances, but second half we did it much, much better. In extra time we showed that we are still able with the fatigue to play our game.

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