Sport Lovren remains confident of Champions League qualification

16:00  07 may  2018
16:00  07 may  2018 Source:   goal.com

Lovren says Real Madrid should fear Liverpool

  Lovren says Real Madrid should fear Liverpool Liverpool central defender Dejan Lovren believes that his side’s Champions League opponents should have fear when the two come face to face in Kiev later this month, as reported by BT Sport. The Reds progressed through to the final thanks to a 7-6 aggregate victory over Roma to set up the final with Real Madrid. Liverpool have been on fire this season in the Champions League, netting 40 goals in this season’s edition. This is the most in the history of the competition. It is the club’s first Champions League final since 2005 and they will be desperate to make it a good one as they aim for a trophy this season. Lovren spoke about the fear which Madrid will have when the two meet in Kiev: “They are quite confident but we don’t care for that, we are focused on our job.” “Why should we fear them? They should fear us.

Mauro Icardi remains fully confident Inter have what it takes to claim Serie A's final Champions League spot as they seek to end their poor recent form at third-placed Fiorentina on Sunday.

However, Gattuso remains confident that even if they aren't to progress in the Europa League , he believes they can still qualify for the Champions League next season through a top four finish in Serie A.

DejanLovren - cropped: Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren © Provided by Goal Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren

Dejan Lovren does not believe Liverpool should be worried, despite failing to seal Champions League qualification at Chelsea on Sunday.

The Reds have reached the final of Europe's premier club competition, yet their participation in next season's tournament remains in doubt, as a defeat at Stamford Bridge allowed Chelsea to close to within three points of Jurgen Klopp's men.

Although Chelsea have a game in hand, Liverpool's superior goal difference almost certainly means victory against Brighton and Hove Albion will secure a top-four finish.

Lovren sure Liverpool can seal Champions League place against dangerous Brighton

  Lovren sure Liverpool can seal Champions League place against dangerous Brighton A defeat at Chelsea has not given the Reds cause for concern over their European qualification hopes, despite the challenge that awaits themDejan Lovren does not believe Liverpool should be worried, despite failing to seal Champions League qualification at Chelsea on Sunday.

Peter Stoger remains confident Borussia Dortmund will qualify for the Champions League , despite another frustrating result away from home. "We still need a victory for Champions League qualification .

However, Gattuso remains confident that even if they aren't to progress in the Europa League , he believes Andre Silva's injury time winner against Genoa leaves Milan in sixth place - six points behind Lazio in fourth who currently occupy the final Champions League qualification spot - and Gattuso

And Lovren is confident that third-placed Liverpool, who defeated Middlesbrough on the final day of last season to book a return to the Champions League, will deliver again, telling the club's website: "It's similar [to 2016-17]. We know what we can expect.

"It will definitely be tough. Brighton showed in their previous game against Manchester United that they can win against big teams, but I'm confident we can do it."

Lovren also believes Liverpool deserved a draw at Chelsea, where Olivier Giroud's header settled the game in the home side's favour.

"To be honest, we had a quite good game," he said. "We played our football how we wanted and how we expected.

"With [Chelsea's] deep defending, it was quite difficult. We had a couple of chances and didn't score; they had this one header and that's it, one goal. It should usually be at least a point but, unfortunately, we didn't take our chances like we usually do.

"But it's still in our hands. The next game will definitely be a tough game but I'm confident we can manage to win it."

Dejan Lovren named in Croatia Preliminary WC squad .
Dejan Lovren has been named in Croatia’s Preliminary World Cup squad ahead of the tournament with begins in July. He is the only player named in the squad to play in the Premier League. Lovren also scored his first Anfield goal in the Premier League, in their 4-0 win over Brighton. The win also confirmed they place in next season’s Champions League, for the second successive time under Klopp. His inclusion in the World Cup Squad also suggests that he is now on good terms with coach Ante Cacic.. Lovren had endured a rocky relationship with Cacic, having been left out of the Euro 2016 squad and his exclusion saw both sides exchanging words in the public eye. His season at Liverpool has been revived with introduction of Virgil van Dijk as they have established themselves as strong and resilient centre back pairing. Earlier in the season, Lovren was paired up with Joel Matip and this proved to be a good partnership at the start. However, Matip picked up injuries along the way resulting in the back four being reshuffled and it also showed signs of lacking consistency. Lovren himself made a few errors during the course of the season but he also been remarkable in adapting to new partnerships. The arrival of Van Dijk stabilised the central defence position. Lovren is a natural right sided player whilst Van Dijk prefers the left side. With Lovren playing in his favoured side, he excelled and showed fans how good he can be.

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