Jurgen Klopp actually backs up Dejan Lovren's world class claims

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Having faced the defeat recently in the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid this season, Lovren has another shot to answer his critiques in the World Cup final on Sunday. "But it is unbelievable how many talents we have in sports", said Lovren after Croatia ended England's World Cup dreams with a 2-1 semi-final win.

Against all odds, Croatia suddenly find themselves in the Final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed that Dejan Lovren is right to call himself one of the world's best defenders although he should not have declared it publicly.

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.

Jurgen Klopp believes Dejan Lovren was written off too quickly following some hard spells last season.

Croatia will face France at 3am on Monday in the FIFA World Cup final.

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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. Even in tough times he was always backing me up. The Liverpool captain will be bummed to miss out on a spot in the finals, but after aggrevating a hamstring problem he picked up against Sweden in the previous round, it's unlikely he would have been fit enough to play anyways.

Daniel Sturridge, who is back at the club after his injury-plagued loan spell at West Bromwich Albion in the second half of last season, was one of a few players to impress at Gigg Lane during his 45-minute outing. The 29 year-old was speaking after Croatia's victory over England on Wednesday.

The key to Croatia's success in Russia, Lovren said, is "Our mentality". I play but I can not train at all.

'We have the chance to do something better, and hopefully we can do it on Sunday.

"With the young ones we make these decisions but not with the other guys".

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