Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

People should recognise that I'm one of the world's best'

People should recognise that I'm one of the world's best'

Federation Internationale de Football Association chose not to suspend Vida, warning the centre-back over his conduct following the incident, and the Besiktas defender was able to play in Croatia's 2-1 semi-final win over England.

Lovren has certainly been instrumental in Croatia's success to this point. "After 20 years people will remember us not any more (than just) '98 - and this is what I wanted".

However, last season the former Southampton and Lyon man helped Liverpool to the Champions League final where they lost to Real Madrid.

Lovren will be granted an extended break after Sunday's final against France and report back to Liverpool in close proximity to the start of the Premier League campaign on August 12.

"I think now in many years people will remember us, not the '98 team", added Lovren.

"Going to the World Cup final is not too bad!"

Cited as a consistently faltering defender, Lovren was blamed for quite a number of mistakes leading to goals against Liverpool last season.

Mandzukic sends steely Croatia into first World Cup final
England had got off to a flying start when Trippier curled a superb free kick into the top corner in the opening minutes. Modric said: "We should have killed the game even before extra time".

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.

It's the smallest country to reach the World Cup final since Uruguay in 1950, and now, Croatia faces its biggest challenge, will the team finally be able to win the final against France and lift the World Cup trophy for the first time ever.

"This is something we will never forget". We went through again a lot. wars, all these things, and even now the situation is not the best.

But after the break, Croatia took control, equalised through Ivan Perisic and then won the game with Mario Mandzukic's extra-time strike.

Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic, right, celebrates with Luka Modric after his team advanced to the final during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

"90 per cent of the time he played outstandingly, 95 per cent absolutely OK and five per cent probably he was not at his best".

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