Liverpool legend Aldridge branded Lovren 'accident waiting to happen' before Croatia triumph

Lovren Kane

Lovren Kane

Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren has had his fair share of critics, but on Wednesday, he played a key role in his country's 2-1 extra-time win over England in the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Lovren's Croatia team defeated England in Wednesday's World Cup semi-final to take their place in the Moscow showpiece against France.

"It's something special for me", Lovren said regarding the feat.

'I took Liverpool to the final of the Champions League, and now with my national team we are in the [World Cup] final.

This victory over England led Croatia to their first World Cup final and Mario Mandzukic's extra-time victor sealed Croatia's third consecutive win in extra-time or penalties, having beaten Denmark and Russian Federation in penalty shootouts in the previous two rounds. Before this game they said we are exhausted but we showed in extra-time we had fresher legs than them.

"From my point of view I had people saying I had a hard season but I don't agree with that", he told beIN Sports.

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Klopp's comments come after Lovren claimed that based on his recent exploits, including with the Reds in the Champions League, people should view him as one of the world's best defenders.

'In extra-time we showed we are still able with the fatigue to play our game'.

Last night he exorcised those ghosts, helping to shut Harry Kane down as Croatia reached the World Cup final.

"But I think even now after 20 years people will remember us and not just the '98 team". We've had this weight on our shoulders all the time, and now people will never forget us. This is why I am proud. He knows what I went through.

"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".

"I really didn't understand these questions, always looking back to where I made some mistakes".

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