Jurgen Klopp supports Lovren in 'best defender in the world' claim

2018 World Cup: Croatia Sacks Coach Ahead of Semi Final Clash with England

Liverpool star Lovren lays the ghosts of Tottenham horror show to rest

With a population of 4.3 million and a history of struggle, it's easy to see why. People are crying. It's something historical for us.

In an earlier statement released by the Croatia's football federation (HNS), Vida, 29, who played for Dynamo Kyiv from 2013-18, said he did not intend for the message to be a political statement. Lovren and star midfielder Luka Modric were refugees as children.

Now France stand between Croatia and football's No 1 trophy. But we have played, and I have played, against the biggest players in the world and managed to keep them out.

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Jurgen Klopp believes Dejan Lovren was written off too quickly following some hard spells last season.

Having faced the defeat recently in the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid this season, Lovren has another shot to answer his critiques in the World Cup final on Sunday. Vukojevic was sacked from his role with the national team. Dejan is a big part of that.

"We can play in different ways, in different styles".

Despite the Balkan nation's small population, it is a veritable talent factory in a wide range of sports.

Several Croatian players said they have felt disrespected during their World Cup run and that the media haven't given them enough credit.

France came into the World Cup with a squad of players who were considered in some quarters to be the best in Russian Federation. After the quarterfinal win over Russia, Suker said he'd be delighted if Modric replaced him as Croatia's greatest player of all time.

"He's [Klopp] proud of me and what I've achieved", said Lovren, as per The Mirror. Sunday's encounter is a repeat of the 1998 semi-final, when the French triumphed 2-1 to go on and lift the trophy on home soil.

"I was only nine". We will work together for a long time, so I will have the opportunity to help him.

England pair Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, and Croatia defender Dejan Lovren return a week later, giving them just seven days to prepare for the club's Premier League opener against West Ham on August 12.

Steady on. That's a courageous statement from a man who is four days from facing Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann in a World Cup final, but we suppose everybody's entitled to their opinion.

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