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

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

Dejan Lovren believes that he has established himself as one of the world's best defenders and deserves to be shown more respect after helping Croatia into the World Cup final.

"It's something special for me", Lovren said regarding the feat. Before this game they said we are exhausted but we showed in extra-time we had fresher legs than them. It is just sometimes it is unfair.

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

I think people should recognise that I'm one of the best defenders in the world". Now with my national team we are in the final.

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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 really don't understand these questions, always looking back to where I made some mistakes", he said. I really didn't understand. We beat our record of 20 years ago and we had it on our shoulders all the time, this weight. He deserves, if we win this World Cup, the Ballon d'Or'.

'In extra-time we showed we are still able with the fatigue to play our game'. "Simple as that. The difference was mental".

If Lovren and his team-mates can control Mbappe and manage the alternative threats of Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann on Sunday in Moscow, Croatia will have a genuine chance of pulling off a victory. This is what I wanted. This is why I am proud.

"If somebody told me at the start of the season that I would be in two of the biggest finals in the world I would have signed straight away". "He knows what I went through".

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