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

Lovren right had a torrid time against Kane at Wembley in October

Lovren's part in Croatia's most famous World Cup run comes two years after he found himself frozen out of the national team set-up, following a disagreement with then-coach Ante Cacic.

Lovren played a key role in Croatia's 2-1 extra-time win over England in the semi-final on Wednesday night, and his side will now face France in the final at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Speaking to BeIN SPORTS, he said: "I heard people saying I had a hard season but I don't agree with that".

"I think people should recognise that I am one of the best defenders in the world and not just talk nonsense".

Croatia defender Dejan Lovren is eager to prove a point when he comes up against England forward Harry Kane in the World Cup semi-finals. People are crying in our country.

Subasic suffered a tight hamstring towards the end of Croatia's quarter-final win over hosts Russian Federation and was unable to take goal-kicks before the tie went to penalties.

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"We will never forget this". People should respect us.

The Croatia worldwide will be hoping to emerge victorious against France in the final, and the way he helped shut Kane down will give him confidence.

"I got a question about the 4-1 against Tottenham [in the Premier League]", he said.

Speaking to beIN Sport following the game, the much maligned Liverpool defender claimed that he is one of the world's best.

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.

If Lovren and his team-mates can control Mbappe and manage the alternative threats of Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann on Sunday in Moscow, Croatia will have a genuine chance of pulling off a victory.

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