Dejan Lovren Says He's One Of The Best Defenders In The World

Virginia Santiago
July 13, 2018

"Without being arrogant, I think I have proved to be one of the best defenders in the world".

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.

The Liverpool defender helped his nation to a 2-1 victory over the Three Lions in Moscow on Wednesday night, setting up a finale against France.

"I took Liverpool to the final of the Champions League and now with my national team we are in the final", he told ESPN.

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Lovren was an integral contributor for the Reds as they reached the Champions League final in May, meaning the 29-year-old will have played in two of the biggest fixtures in world football within two months.

"He will be under the most glaring spotlight imaginable as he leads the Croatia defence in their World Cup semi-final against England, and the sight of Harry Kane lining up against him once again might just unnerve him".

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

At the 1998 World Cup, they exited at the semi-final stage to France. Lovren agreed that the first 45 minutes was tough as his side failed to take control of the ball.

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Now a new generation of players will be out to create their own footballing history when France meet Belgium and Croatia play England for a place in the July 15 final in Moscow.

"This is something historical for us", said Lovren.

"This is something we will never forget". People should respect us. "People will never forget us", he added.

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.

"[In Croatia] we went through a lot of s***, war, all these things and even now the situation is not the best". I didn't see all of the World Cup games but a lot - he played a fantastic tournament so far.

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