Liverpool star Dejan Lovren demands respect from critics following World Cup heroics

Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup

Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup

The centre-half was also part of the Liverpool team that reached the final of the Champions League last season, and feels he proved critics wrong with his performances this year.

Less than two months after lining up for Liverpool in the Champions League final, he is now heading for the biggest match in global football.

"He will be under the most glaring spotlight imaginable as he leads the Croatia defence in their World Cup semi-final against England, and the sight of Harry Kane lining up against him once again might just unnerve him".

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His disappointment for Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and fans of the country he calls home at the moment sat alongside satisfaction in seeing Lovren reach the pinnacle of the worldwide game.

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"It's something, for me, special".

Monaco keeper Subasic is understood to have missed training as a precaution, so as not to aggravate his problematic hamstring, while Lovren's unspecified injury is not thought to be serious enough to keep him out of the semi-final. Before this game they said we are exhausted but we showed in extra-time we had fresher legs than them. Third or fourth at the World Cup, with all the teams that were not there like Italy and Holland, that were out early like Germany, Brazil and Argentina - it's a big tournament with a lot of really good teams. "I wish we could both be in the final for that game but there is only one victor". With a very young team they did a brilliant job. It's impressive what they are doing.

Several positions remain problematic for the Reds and if they are serious about toppling current champions Manchester City next season they must ensure that the right players are added to the squad this summer.

"After 20 years, people will remember us, not only the '98 team".

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