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They make good love in Croatia - Lovren calls for respect

They make good love in Croatia - Lovren calls for respect

It followed an uncertain start to the season when Liverpool's defence was constantly identified as a weak link.

Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren has had his fair share of critics, but on Wednesday, he played a key role in his country's 2-1 extra-time win over England in the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

He said: "It feels incredible, especially after everything that was said about us before the game. People will never forget us", he added.

"Sometimes it is unfair". I think people should respect me also.

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

Oblak has established himself as one of the world's very best goalkeepers during his four years with Atlético Madrid and the Slovenian worldwide would represent a major summer coup for Liverpool, if a deal can be struck.

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They won the 1998 tournament against Brazil but lost the 2006 final on penalties to Italy. He said: "I'm not surprised that Croatia have identified Raheem as a key player".

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. I'm really happy for him. "But whatever, this is what gets me to work hard and prove everyone wrong".

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. And Lovren insists they are not scared for the French, who will be favourites to fit the trophy for the second time, 20 years after beating the Croats in the last four. He deserves, if we win this World Cup, the Ballon d'Or'.

They had previously defeated Denmark and hosts Russian Federation on penalties, becoming the first team ever to advance to the final by winning three consecutive extra time games.

"The difference was mental - because we knew we could write history and we did it".

"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".


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