Dejan Lovren criticises France’s style of play after World Cup final

Dejan Lovren has made the headlines a lot recently, largely due to him claiming to be one of the best defenders in the world.

‘I am also one of the best defenders in the world’

In an interview prior to the World Cup final, Lovren stated,

“It’s something special for me. From my point of view, people said I had a difficult season but I don’t agree.

“I took Liverpool to the final of the Champions League. Now with my national team we are in the final.

“I think people should recognise that I am also one of the best defenders in the world and not just talk nonsense.”

Lovren claiming to be one of the best defenders in the world is quite a bizarre thing to hear and it looks even stranger after Croatia let in four goals yesterday vs France.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 10: Dejan Lovren of Liverpool reacts during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on December 10, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

‘We played much, much better football’

However, Lovren is now making the headlines for a different reason.

Speaking after Croatia’s 4-2 loss to France, Lovren was heavily critical of France’s style of play and claimed they didn’t play football.

“I’m disappointed because we lost the game, we played much, much better football than them, but on the other hand I’m proud of this team and what we have achieved.

“We played beautiful football again. France were one of the favourites to win the World Cup and they did it.

“I think we were better. They did it another way. They didn’t play football, they waited for their chances and they scored. They had their own tactic and you need to respect that. They played the tournament like that, every game, but when you look at all the countries behind us, we’re second.

“There’s nothing to talk about now. It’s difficult to describe. Maybe after a week or two, a couple of months… right now, it’s difficult. Some moments I feel sad, some moments I’m happy. Overall, I’m proud.

Overall Croatia had a superb World Cup and they should be very proud of where they finished and now one of the self-proclaimed best centre-backs in the world is heading back to Liverpool ahead of the 2018/19 season, where he will no doubt be quality and never cost Liverpool any goals.

Related: Liverpool ready to launch bid for Jasper Cillessen.

Martin Tyler ‘all-but confirms’ Liverpool will sign Nabil Fekir.

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