They make good love in Croatia - Lovren calls for respect

Doug Mendoza
July 13, 2018

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

Lovren and Kane are set to meet again in Moscow on Wednesday, less than nine months after the former was substituted in the first half as Liverpool were crushed by Tottenham at Wembley in the Premier League.

"I took Liverpool to the final of the Champions League and now with my national team we are in the final", he told ESPN.

Reaching the final caps a hugely impressive 2018 for Lovren, who came through a hard run of form for Liverpool to play a key part in reaching the UEFA Champions League final in May.

And after playing a key role in Croatia's 2-1 semi-final win over England, the Liverpool centre-back gave a passionate post-match interview and fired back at his critics.

This is also the first time the Balkan nation has made the final - the furthest they had advanced previously was in France in 1998, when a Davor Suker-inspired side were knocked out by the hosts in the last four.

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"I went through a lot of sh** and now I would say it is coming back". "We showed our character, we showed that we deserved to be in the final and people should respect us", he said.

"It's something we'll never forget". People should respect us. We beat our record of 20 years ago and we had it on our shoulders all the time, this weight.

"[In Croatia] we went through a lot of s***, war, all these things and even now the situation is not the best".

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

And he reserved a special word for team-mate Luka Modric: 'He is, not one of, the best midfield player in the world.

He added: "Today everyone in Croatia and around the world knows that we managed to make history".

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