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With a place in the final secured after a 2017-18 season in which Liverpool reached the Champions League final despite criticisms of their defensive weaknesses, Lovren feels a point had been proven about his quality as a player.

Dejan Lovren made history with Croatia on Wednesday night but wants to rewrite it immediately by helping his country lift the World Cup.

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

Lovren joined Liverpool from Southampton in 2014 and played 43 games in all competitions last season.

"From my point of view, people said I had a hard season but I don't agree", said the 29-year-old.

"Since I came in, maybe Dejan made three or four mistakes, two of them in the Tottenham game, maybe one in a Champions League game a year ago. I think people should recognise that I'm one of the best defenders in the world".

"I am perfectly ready and fit, and I can say the same for my teammates".

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"This is something we'll never forget". Before this game they said we are exhausted but we showed in extra-time we had fresher legs than them.

Croatia progressing to the World Cup final betters their best ever performance at the tournament by one step.

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

The proud Croatian said that team-mate Luka Modric deserves the Ballon d'Or if his side prevail against France this weekend and added that it will be a massive occasion for Croatia.

"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".