Spectators boo Croatia's Vida at World Cup semifinal

Spectators boo Croatia's Vida at World Cup semifinal

Spectators boo Croatia's Vida at World Cup semifinal

"I took Liverpool to the final of the Champions League".

Lovren further lamented the semi-final defeat to France in the 1998 World Cup, though he now believes the disappointment from two decades ago has now been put to rest by reaching the final in Russian Federation 2018.

Coming just seven weeks after Liverpool's defeat by Real Madrid in Kiev, Lovren has used it to hit back at his critics.

Lovren can have his off days - he was terrorised by Romelu Lukaku at Old Trafford in March too - but there is something to be said for a player who has reached both the Champions League final and World Cup final within three months.

"From my point of view, people said I had a hard season but I don't agree", said the 29-year-old.

"I really don't understand these questions, always looking back to where I made some mistakes", he said.

And he is delighted that this current Croatian generation have finally lived up to, and now surpassed, the standards of the 1998 team which reached the semi-finals.

He continued: "This is something we'll never forget".

Croatia will take on France in Moscow this Sunday for World Cup glory. We beat our record 20 years ago and we had it on our shoulders all the time, this weight I would say and people now will never forget us. People now will never forget us. "Now we have a chance to do something even better".

"It was quite tough first half, we couldn't control the ball, and they had some chances, but in the second half, we did much better". Before this game they said we are exhausted but we showed in extra-time we had fresher legs than them.

Meanwhile, he had high praise for worldwide team-mate Luka Modric.

"He has played a really good World Cup but to do it consistency is the main thing".

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