Klopp hails Lovren's 'fantastic tournament' after World Cup exploits

Marcus Newton
July 15, 2018

But the football France have played largely hasn't matched the talent at Deschamps' disposal, and after losing their semi-final to France, Belgium stars Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois dubbed Les Bleus' approach as "anti-football". It would be better if somebody else would say that and not Dejan!

Lovren has certainly been instrumental in Croatia's success to this point.

After the Spurs game, Lovren said he's received a "disgusting" death threat against his family on social media.

Vida and assistant coach Ognjen Vukojevic - who has since been sacked by Croatia - were filmed making comments including "Glory to Ukraine", a phrase that has been adopted by anti-Russian nationalists, after Croatia beat Russia on penalties in the quarter-finals.

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

Most of all, Croatia is an export market for quality footballers, with a squad boasting stars for Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus.

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They would have had a tough time watching this tournament as previous champions and highly-fancied sides like Brazil, Germany and Spain have all been eliminated.

It's been 20 years since Croatia not only burst onto the World Cup scene, but also since they advanced beyond the group stages.

Croatia face a tough task against France in their first World Cup final on Sunday.

"He's proud of me and what I've achieved", he said.

"I was only nine".

"I was nine and I remember my mum was screaming and crying after the French game", Lovren said.

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is quite predictable; after a number of outstanding showings at the World Cup, the Croatian defender has demanded more respect and recognition as one of the best defenders in world football. We've had this weight on our shoulders all the time, and now people will never forget us.

Croatia fans celebrate their team victory after the semifinal soccer match between Croatia and England during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Nikolskaya street near the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 12, 2018.

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