Liverpool star Lovren lays the ghosts of Tottenham horror show to rest

Lovren defending

Lovren, 29, has largely failed to set Anfield alight since moving from Southampton in 2014, often coming under fire for a lack of consistency at the back, though last season the Croat defender was instrumental in Liverpool's journey to the Champions League final.

Croatia will face France in their first-ever World Cup final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Monday morning at 1:00am AEST.

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.

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"I wouldn't say there are any glaring weaknesses (in England's team) since they are in the semi-finals, that says it all". Hendo ( Jordan Henderson ) was another one who was feeling tightness in his hamstring, which was why we made the change.

"I heard people saying I had a hard season but I don't agree with that", the 29-year-old told BeIN SPORTS.

"I took Liverpool to the final of the Champions League".

"Without being arrogant, I think I have proved to be one of the best defenders in the world".

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Lovren was instrumental in helping Croatia come from behind against England on Wednesday to secure their place in Sunday's final with France. Lovren agreed that the first 45 minutes was tough as his side failed to take control of the ball.

"This is something we will never forget". People are crying. It's something historical for us. People now will never forget us. And Lovren insists they are not scared for the French, who will be favourites to fit the trophy for the second time, 20 years after beating the Croats in the last four. "In extra-time we showed we are still able with the fatigue to play our game". We showed our character, we showed that we deserved to be in the final and people should respect us.

'We have the chance to do something better, and hopefully we can do it on Sunday.

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Lovren also called for Croatia team-mate Luka Modric to receive the highest individual award in world football, the Ballon d'Or.

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