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

Arnold Nichols
July 14, 2018

People should respect us.

Croatia have needed penalty shoot-outs to overcome Denmark and Russian Federation in the knockout stage.

Interest in the centre-back, who joined the Foxes from Hull City in a £17 million (R297 million) deal in July 2017, has sky-rocketed after his impressive performances for the Three Lions in Russian Federation.

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

He continued: "This is something we'll never forget".

"This is maybe a once in a lifetime opportunity".

Lovren further lamented the semi-final defeat to France in the 1998 World Cup, though he now believes the disappointment from two decades ago has now been put to rest by reaching the final in Russian Federation 2018.

Dalic admitted that trying to outdo the achievement of that great generation was a driving force for his team, skippered by the brilliant Luka Modric.

Speaking to beIN Sport following the game, the much maligned Liverpool defender claimed that he is one of the world's best.

"This is what drives us".

"After 20 years, people will remember us, not only the '98 team".

Croatia will take on France in Moscow this Sunday for World Cup glory. "Probably nobody would go to work!"

The roles were reversed this time, with Lovren helping shut down the tournament's top scorer.

"It's not just the English press, I am talking about the criticism from the beginning". It's why I'm proud. "That 4-1 defeat is completely irrelevant", he said.

"Like in my case when you are talking about me. You are just nit-picking at my poor performances". I think people should respect me also.

"He's one of the best strikers in the Premier League", the defender told United Kingdom newspapers.

Croatia played extra-time for the third successive knockout match, having previously beaten Denmark and hosts Russian Federation on penalties.

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