Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp backs Dejan Lovren after Croatia World Cup run

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Dejan Lovren has now reached the Champions League and World Cup final just a couple of months apart but he's getting a bit carried away with himself.

"From my point of view, people said I had a hard season but I don't agree with that", he told BeIN Sports after beating England.

"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". Like with my case, I think people should respect me also.

Centre-back Lovren is proud to be part of a Croatia team that has reached a World Cup final for the first time and surpassed the achievement of the fabled 1998 side, who finished third in their first global tournament. People are crying in our country.

Lovren says he remembers his mum took him and they went to the basement and can't remember how long they sat there.

"This is something we will never forget".

"We will never forget this". We beat our record of 20 years ago and we had it on our shoulders all the time, this weight.

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"I'm completely happy. I'm happy that he used the little advice we gave him in the last few years in a very good way".

'It was tough first-half.

They had previously defeated Denmark and hosts Russian Federation on penalties, becoming the first team ever to advance to the final by winning three consecutive extra time games. We couldn't control the ball or control situations.

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

He deserves, if we win this World Cup, the Ballon d'Or'.

"We shouldn't be surprised that Croatia are in the last four at a World Cup, given the quality of players", said Dalic, who only took over as coach towards the end of their qualifying campaign.

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