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

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Lovren was instrumental in helping Croatia come from behind against England on Wednesday to secure their place in Sunday's final with France.

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

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren was written off before Croatia's World Cup semi-final with England.

"This feels incredible, especially after everything that was said about us before the game". People should respect us.

"It's not just the English press, I am talking about the criticism from the beginning".

"Sometimes it is unfair".

"Like in my case when you are talking about me".

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Klopp's comments come after Lovren claimed that based on his recent exploits, including with the Reds in the Champions League, people should view him as one of the world's best defenders.

Memories turned back to him being substituted off after half an hour for Liverpool against Tottenham last October, when he went head to head with Harry Kane. I really didn't understand. This is too much about me.

"But whatever, this is what gets me more motivated to work harder and prove everyone wrong, everyone".

Lovren's part in Croatia's most famous World Cup run comes two years after he found himself frozen out of the national team set-up, following a disagreement with then-coach Ante Cacic.

"England are one of the favourites to win the World Cup and you have to respect that", he said. Both teams played better football in the tournament but it was the second-to-last game of a very long season for all the players. "Simple as that. The difference was mental". Now there is only one game left to make it forever.

"Now we have the chance to do something even better and hopefully we can do it".

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