Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Klopp backs Lovren's lofty 'best in the world' claim

Klopp backs Lovren's lofty 'best in the world' claim

"It's something special for me", Lovren said regarding the feat.

Liverpool will face Bury and Blackburn Rovers in pre-season friendlies before their first International Champions Cup game against Borussia Dortmund on July 22.

"Same in the Champions League game - I didn't see him play too bad in the Champions League final".

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has backed Dejan Lovren's claims he is among the world's best defenders. "People should recognise that I am also one of the best defenders in the world and not just talk nonsense".

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Klopp raised a good point by saying that Lovren would have been better off letting someone other than himself praise his defensive prowess before explaining why the 29-year-old is not off the mark.

Lovren told CNN that they are a small country, only four million people and have big talent in their squad.

The Real Madrid star has captained Croatia to their first World Cup final, improving on the country's previous best performance at the tournament in 1998, when they finished third.

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Firmino will be a late arrival after his run to the quarter-finals of the World Cup with Brazil.

"We've had this weight on our shoulders for 20 years". We will never forget this.

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. Before this game they said we are exhausted but we showed in extra-time we had fresher legs than them.

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