Jurgen Klopp: 'Dejan Lovren right to call himself a top defender'

Elena Summers
July 15, 2018

Having faced the defeat recently in the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid this season, Lovren has another shot to answer his critiques in the World Cup final on Sunday.

Croatia had survived falling behind, supposed fatigue and a third successive extra time to put away England and progress to the World Cup final.

Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic, right, celebrates with Luka Modric after his team advanced to the final during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

England's Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, as well as Belgium's Simon Mignolet and Croatia's Dejan Lovren, will report a week before Liverpool open the Premier League season against West Ham United at Anfield on August 11.

Then there's Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakiti who boasts over 90 caps, as well as robust Juventus striker Mario Manduki.

Lovren was able to shackle Harry Kane for the majority of the 120 minutes, and was asked after the game how Croatia have so much talent within their ranks.

Lovren has made a documentary for Liverpool's TV station in which he talks about his escape as a young child from war-torn Bosnia in 1992.

A billion-dollar assembly of stars makes France the favorite for the World Cup final, a scenario that Dejan Lovren is pitching as ideal for Croatia's biggest ever game. "People will never forget us", he added.

His family settled in Germany, but after seven years they were told to leave and had to start life again in Croatia.

Matip went on to praise Lovren's performances during the competition, while also expressing his sympathy for Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, whose England side were eliminated by Croatia in the last four. Dejan and I will be working together for a long time.

Lovren will be granted an extended break after Sunday's final against France and report back to Liverpool in close proximity to the start of the Premier League campaign on August 12. I don't think about my players like this - like, maybe he's in or out.

This victory over England led Croatia to their first World Cup final and Mario Mandzukic's extra-time victor sealed Croatia's third consecutive win in extra-time or penalties, having beaten Denmark and Russian Federation in penalty shootouts in the previous two rounds.

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