Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2018

"It's something special for me", Lovren told beIN Sports."From my point of view, people were saying I had a hard season but I don't agree with that".

The Real Madrid star has captained Croatia to their first World Cup final, improving on the country's previous best performance at the tournament in 1998, when they finished third. "People are crying. It's something historical for us", the Liverpool defender said.

The signing of a world class goalkeeper remains the primary target for Liverpool this summer, particularly following Loris Karius' high profile mistakes in the Champions League final at the end of May.

"I think people should recognise that I'm one of the best defenders in the world".

Croatia and Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren has claimed that he deserves to be considered amongst the best defenders in world football. "People will never forget us", Lovren said. We showed our character, we showed that we deserved to be in the final and people should respect us.

"Why didn't you ask me how I played well against him in other games?"

"There is too much about me but, whatever, this is what gets me more motivated to work harder and prove everyone wrong". 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.

"We have the chance to do something better, and hopefully we can do it on Sunday".

But after the break, Croatia took control, equalised through Ivan Perisic and then won the game with Mario Mandzukic's extra-time strike.

"He's proud of me and what I've achieved", he said. "He knows what I went through".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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