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

Harry Kane Dejan Lovren

Reaching the final caps a hugely impressive 2018 for Lovren, who came through a hard run of form for Liverpool to play a key part in reaching the UEFA Champions League final in May.

The former Southampton man has had a lot of unnecessary flak in recent times, including a whole lot of abuse on social media after he had an absolute stinker in a 4-1 defeat to Spurs at Wembley.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised centre-back Dejan Lovren for playing a key role in Croatia's run to the World Cup final. He has some minor problems but we are facing a huge game.

Premier League giants Manchester United are reportedly ready to bid £50 million (R873 million) for an England worldwide who had an outstanding 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign.

"It's not just the English press, I am talking about the criticism from the beginning".

"Like in my case when you are talking about me".

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He added: "I have full respect for Kane".

But there is a major doubt over the participation of Vrsaljko, who hobbled off with a knee injury in extra-time during the quarter-final win over Russian Federation in Sochi.

"I really didn't understand these questions, always looking back to where I made some mistakes. I think people should recognise that I'm one of the best defenders in the world".

"But whatever, this is what gets me more motivated to work harder and prove everyone wrong, everyone".

It is the first time since 1998 that the nation of just over four million people have reached this stage of the competition, after they eliminated Russian Federation in a penalty shoot-out at the weekend. We beat our record of 20 years ago and we had it on our shoulders all the time, this weight. It's why I'm proud.

"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".

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