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'One of the Best on the Planet'

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Jennie Wade | 15 July, 2018, 17:22

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

In an earlier statement released by the Croatian Football Federation, Vida, 29, said his comments were not meant to be political and were related to his former career with Dynamo Kiev. "I sincerely hope that this message will not be understood as anything else but an expression of gratitude to our friends in Ukraine for their support", Vida said.

Following Croatia's World Cup semi-final win over England on Wednesday, Lovren said he should start receiving more respect from the media both at club and global level.

Lovren also called for his national team captain Luka Modric to be crowned the 2018 Ballon d'Or victor after leading the country to their first ever World Cup final.

Lovren's Croatia team defeated England in Wednesday's World Cup semi-final to take their place in the Moscow showpiece against France.

Klopp's comments come after Lovren claimed that based on his recent exploits, including with the Reds in the Champions League, people should view him as one of the world's best defenders.

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Following Croatia's extra-time victory against England, Dejan Lovren has placed himself among the top defenders in the world.

It's been 20 years since Croatia not only burst onto the World Cup scene, but also since they advanced beyond the group stages. They are offensive in the midfield with [Ivan] Rakitic, [Marcelo] Brozovic, [Luka] Modric, so somebody needs to fix all that.

If Zlatko Dalic's side do cause an upset, it's safe to say that Lovren has played a huge role in their run to the title, but this could very well end up being a bit of history repeating itself. I did not see two better centre-halves in the Champions League (final) - only that they were more ruthless. "In such a crucial match you can't carry anyone, so it was probably the right thing to bring me off", continued the Liverpool captain.

Doing his part well - against the criticism - to help steer Croatia into the World Cup final, Croatia defender Dejan Lovren has found it just to call for more recognition of his talent, stating that people should recognise him as one of the world's best. Even in tough times he was always backing me up.

"I remember my mum took me and we went to the basement, I don't know how long we'd been sitting there, I think it was until the sirens went off".

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