Sport Klopp hails Lovren's 'fantastic tournament' after World Cup exploits

20:36  12 july  2018
20:36  12 july  2018 Source:   goal.com

Klopp hails Lovren's 'fantastic tournament' after World Cup exploits

  Klopp hails Lovren's 'fantastic tournament' after World Cup exploits Oft-maligned for his mistakes, the Liverpool defender has been a rock during his nation's adventure in RussiaLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised centre-back Dejan Lovren for playing a key role in Croatia's run to the World Cup final.

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But Lovren , who joined Liverpool from Southampton for £20million in 2014, said Croatia do not fear England, despite acknowledging their strengths. Lovren ' s side are into only their second ever World Cup semi after back-to-back wins on penalties (Image: FIFA via Getty).

Dejan Lovren - cropped: Dejan Lovren playing for Croatia against England © Provided by Goal Dejan Lovren playing for Croatia against England

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised centre-back Dejan Lovren for playing a key role in Croatia's run to the World Cup final.

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.

Lovren has been considered by some as error-prone, but Klopp feels this assessment has been blown out of proportion.

"People very often judge other people pretty early. Since I came in, maybe Dejan made three or four mistakes, two of them in the Tottenham game, but it's for sure not 15 or 20," he told Liverpool's website.

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

  Klopp backs Lovren's lofty 'best in the world' claim Croatia's sturdy defensive displays at the World Cup owe largely to Dejan Lovren, according to club boss Jurgen Klopp.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp endorsed Dejan Lovren's assessment of himself as one of the world's top defenders despite joking it was hardly an objective opinion.

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DEJAN LOVREN has revealed what Jurgen Klopp said to him after Croatia' s win over England. The Liverpool defender went some way to silencing his critics as he helped steer Croatia to their first World Cup final.

"90 per cent of the time he played outstanding, 95 per cent absolutely OK, and five per cent probably he was not at his best. But you will find these problems for pretty much all the players in the world.

"He played a fantastic tournament so far. I'm really happy for him. The country is small but all the players are pretty big. It's impressive what they are doing.

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

They had previously defeated Denmark and hosts Russia on penalties, becoming the first team ever to advance to the final by winning three consecutive extra time games.

This is also the first time the Balkan nation has made the final - the furthest they had advanced previously was in France in 1998, when a Davor Suker-inspired side were knocked out by the hosts in the last four.

Roberto Firmino to miss US tour .
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Liverpool will be without Roberto Firmino for their pre-season tour of America. Speaking to the club’s official website, Klopp revealed that the Brazilian forward will meet up with the rest of the squad in France. “Bobby will be in for the second camp.” Firmino will be a late arrival after his run to the quarter-finals of the World Cup with Brazil. He impressed when called upon for Brazil, despite not being able to hold down a regular starting place in Russia. Klopp’s men are preparing to fly out to America to participate in the International Champions Cup. The Reds have games scheduled against Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Manchester United before the new Premier League season kicks off. The rest of the squad, including the likes of Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson, are expected to return to training the following week.

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