Dejan Lovren wants recognitionfor his performances believing he is underrated

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On Wednesday, the centre-back claimed after Croatia booked their place in Sunday's final with France that he is "one of the best defenders in the world," with Klopp, his Liverpool manager, in full agreement.

Those episodes have led to sanctions from soccer's worldwide governing body, but Lovren is hoping the squad's success at this World Cup will mark a turning point for the country.

"France are definitely the favourites, there is no hiding from that, but we like that", added Lovren.

Despite playing a solid individual game, Lovren wasn't able to lift Liverpool to victory in the Champions League Final, where they were beaten 3-1 by Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Real Madrid.

"As you say, we have plenty of talented players, but that is the case for all the teams involved".

The defender will start Sunday's World Cup final against France but he raised several eyebrows earlier this week when he demanded more respect for his abilities.

Turkish website Fanatik, as quoted by the Daily Mirror, is reporting that the Reds have cemented their interest in Vida with a significant bid for the Croatian defender.

A billion-dollar assembly of stars makes France the favorite for the World Cup final, a scenario that Dejan Lovren is pitching as ideal for Croatia's biggest ever game.

Lovren joined Liverpool in July 2014 in a $26.5 million transfer from Southampton.

"This is something we will never forget". People are crying in our country. We beat our record from 20 years ago. We went through again a lot. wars, all these things, and even now the situation is not the best.

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

And he reserved a special word for team-mate Luka Modric: 'He is, not one of, the best midfield player in the world. "In the second half we were much better, we found space on the side and put in good crosses".

"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".