Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sport | By Victor Mcdonald

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

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

The 29-year-old also helped Liverpool to the final of the Champions League last season, but he was criticised for some of his performances throughout the campaign and even received a death threat following a particularly poor showing against Tottenham Hotspur in October.

Croatia will face France in their first-ever World Cup final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Monday morning at 1:00am AEST.

Speaking to beIN Sport following the game, the much maligned Liverpool defender claimed that he is one of the world's best.

Croatia seemed on the ropes when Kieran Trippier gave England an early lead, but they hit back in the second half through Ivan Perisic before grabbing a victor in extra-time through Mario Mandzukic.

"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 past year". People will never forget us. "People are crying. It's something historical for us", the Liverpool defender said. People should respect us.

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He had also gone five sets to beat eight-time champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals, winning the decider 13-11. The 33-year-old American´s composure wasn´t helped by a delay caused by a ball boy slipping and falling.

"It's something special for me".

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

Croatia played extra-time for the third successive knockout match, having previously beaten Denmark and hosts Russian Federation on penalties.

Lovren was instrumental in helping Croatia come from behind against England on Wednesday to secure their place in Sunday's final with France.

One player Lovren insists should garner the respect of football fans worldwide is compatriot and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, urging FIFA to recognise his achievements and award him the Ballon d'Or.

"But we enjoy to play against big teams, as we showed against Argentina, and have nothing to lose".

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