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

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Croatia was missing three key players at training on Monday ahead of Wednesday's World Cup semi-final showdown with England.

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. Like with my case, I think people should respect me also.

Croatia seemed on the ropes when Kieran Trippier gave England an early lead, but they hit back in the second half through Ivan Perisic before grabbing a victor in extra-time through Mario Mandzukic.

He continued: "This is something we'll never forget. We showed our character, we showed that we deserved to be in the final and people should respect us", he said. Before this game they said we are exhausted but we showed in extra-time we had fresher legs than them. We beat our record of 20 years ago and we had it on our shoulders all the time, this weight. "Now we have a chance to do something even better".

They had previously defeated Denmark and hosts Russian Federation on penalties, becoming the first team ever to advance to the final by winning three consecutive extra time games.

Last night he exorcised those ghosts, helping to shut Harry Kane down as Croatia reached the World Cup final.

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"It was tough first half".

"I really don't understand these questions, always looking back to where I made some mistakes", he said.

But after the break, Croatia took control, equalised through Ivan Perisic and then won the game with Mario Mandzukic's extra-time strike.

Croatia and Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren has claimed that he deserves to be considered amongst the best defenders in world football.

"They had also good chances, but second half we did it much, much better".

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