Jurgen Klopp praises Dejan Lovren's World Cup exploits

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With a place in the final secured after a 2017-18 season in which Liverpool reached the Champions League final despite criticisms of their defensive weaknesses, Lovren feels a point had been proven about his quality as a player.

Dejan Lovren has now reached the Champions League and World Cup final just a couple of months apart but he's getting a bit carried away with himself.

Lovren, who has featured in all six of Croatia's fixtures at this summer's tournament, added: "This is something we will never forget".

"I heard people saying I had a hard season but I don't agree with that", the 29-year-old told BeIN SPORTS.

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"But I like to challenge these strikers and to show to everyone that I'm one of the best defenders".

Subasic suffered a tight hamstring towards the end of Croatia's quarter-final win over hosts Russian Federation and was unable to take goal-kicks before the tie went to penalties. "We showed our character, we showed that we deserved to be in the final and people should respect us", he said.

The Croatia worldwide will be hoping to emerge victorious against France in the final, and the way he helped shut Kane down will give him confidence.

He continued: 'This is something we will never forget. We will never forget this.

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"It's something, for me, special".

"After 20 years, people will remember us, not only the '98 team".

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

"It was quite tough first half, we couldn't control the ball and they had good chances" he admitted.

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Lovren and his Croatia team-mate held off England in Moscow on Wednesday, winning 2-1 in extra-time to book a date with France. "Now we've got a chance to do something better on Sunday".