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

Lovren right had a torrid time against Kane at Wembley in October

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

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.

"England are one of the favourites to win the World Cup and you have to respect that", he said.

"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 and now with my national team we are in the final. Like with my case, I think people should respect me also.

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

He continued: "This is something we'll never forget".

Lovren and Kane are set to meet again in Moscow on Wednesday, less than nine months after the former was substituted in the first half as Liverpool were crushed by Tottenham at Wembley in the Premier League.

"He deserves the Ballon D'Or". "People are crying. It's something historical for us", the Liverpool defender said. This is something historic for us. We beat our record from 20 years ago.

"[In Croatia] we went through a lot of s***, war, all these things and even now the situation is not the best".

However, Lovren believes that his achievements confirm that he is among the world's best players in his position.

"But we enjoy to play against big teams, as we showed against Argentina, and have nothing to lose".

Croatia face a tough task against France in their first World Cup final on Sunday.

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