Liverpool fans will be pleased by Dejan Lovren’s continued form

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Lovren continued the excellent form he displayed in the second half of Liverpool's season by repelling England and crushing their dreams of a first appearance in the final since 1966.

Less than two months after lining up for Liverpool in the Champions League final, he is now heading for the biggest match in worldwide football.

The 29-year-old has been criticised for his performances for Liverpool this season but has played a key role in Croatia's success in Russian Federation this summer.

"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".

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Lovren can have his off days - he was terrorised by Romelu Lukaku at Old Trafford in March too - but there is something to be said for a player who has reached both the Champions League final and World Cup final within three months.

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

At the 1998 World Cup, they exited at the semi-final stage to France.

"I got a question about the 4-1 against Tottenham [in the Premier League]", he said.

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"It's something we'll never forget".

"People are crying, they are happy in our country - this is something historical for us", Lovren said. People should respect us.

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

"We have the chance to do something better, and hopefully we can do it on Sunday". In extra time we showed that we are still able with the fatigue to play our game.

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He added that Croatia captain Luka Modric was "one of the best midfield players in the world", and deserved to win the Ballon d'Or should Croatia win the World Cup. I didn't see all of the World Cup games but a lot - he played a fantastic tournament so far.