Liverpool star Dejan Lovren demands respect from critics following World Cup heroics

Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup

Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup

"We showed our character, we showed that we deserved to be in the final and people should respect us", he said. From the beginning, sometimes it's unfair. And Lovren insists they are not scared for the French, who will be favourites to fit the trophy for the second time, 20 years after beating the Croats in the last four. "Simple as that. The difference was mental".

"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".

"Since I came in, maybe Dejan made three or four mistakes, two of them in the Tottenham game, maybe one in a Champions League game previous year.

People should recognise that I am also one of the best defenders in the world and not just talk nonsense".

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

Oblak has established himself as one of the world's very best goalkeepers during his four years with Atlético Madrid and the Slovenian global would represent a major summer coup for Liverpool, if a deal can be struck.

And, despite early struggles against an energetic Raheem Sterling on Wednesday in Moscow, he was largely proved correct as Croatia limited England's chances and nullified Kane.

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

Lovren was magnanimous about his club captain Jordan Henderson, who was on the losing side despite another fine outing in midfield, and thanked Reds boss Jurgen Klopp for his encouragement. This is why I am proud. I deserve this. I went through a lot of s*** and it's coming back. He's a good man. "I don't understand these questions, why they're always looking back, when I made mistakes".

"I can imagine everybody is disappointed but it was still a fantastic tournament with one game to come".

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