Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Liverpool star Dejan Lovren demands respect from critics following World Cup heroics

Liverpool star Dejan Lovren demands respect from critics following World Cup heroics

Speaking after Croatia's 2-1 win over England, Lovren told beIN Sports: 'It's something special, for me.

Croatia and Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren claims that he should be regarded as one of the best defenders in world football having reached the World Cup final. "People are crying in our country", he added.

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.

"I think people should recognise that I am one of the best defenders in the world and not just talk nonsense".

But Lovren said he enjoyed taking on the world's best as he looks to showcase his talent on a huge stage.

Last season, Lovren was hauled off after just 31 minutes of Liverpool's 4-1 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley last October, after the defender was at fault for the first two goals. In extra-time we showed that we are still able with the fatigue to play our game. Now with my national team we are in the final.

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

"But whatever, this is what gets me more motivated to work harder and prove everyone wrong, everyone". We beat our record of 20 years ago and we had it on our shoulders all the time, this weight.

"England are one of the favourites to win the World Cup and you have to respect that", he said.

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

"But we enjoy to play against big teams, as we showed against Argentina, and have nothing to lose". "He knows what I went through".

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