Jurgen Klopp backs Dejan Lovrens lofty best in the world claim

Sherman Parsons
July 15, 2018

"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.

In an earlier statement released by the Croatian Football Federation, Vida, 29, said his comments were not meant to be political and were related to his former career with Dynamo Kiev.

"It would be better if someone else said that and not Dejan", Klopp laughed.

Croatia have relied on mental strength to defy limited resources and become the smallest nation in 68 years to reach a World Cup final, said defender Dejan Lovren.

"They [Croatia] have a lot of good players, I think they have a brilliant generation there".

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Last night he exorcised those ghosts, helping to shut Harry Kane down as Croatia reached the World Cup final. They are offensive in the midfield with [Ivan] Rakitic, [Marcelo] Brozovic, [Luka] Modric, so somebody needs to fix all that. I showed why I took Liverpool to the final of the Champions League and now with the national team, and now I'm in the World Cup final.

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And as anticipation has grown each year as to whether Croatia's squad will finally meet the expectations set in France two decades ago, they finally proved themselves -- after a historic win against England yesterday. That's the thing. For me it's no surprise.

Klopp concurred with the assessment, although he admitted that Lovren would have been better off remaining humble.

Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic, right, celebrates with Luka Modric after his team advanced to the final during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Even in tough times he was always backing me up. "I have the opportunity to help him and next time, maybe I will say it". At the moment it's all good and we don't have to make decisions. "It is special history when you look back and see three times 120 minutes and we had fresher legs than that England team".

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