Liverpool legend Aldridge branded Lovren 'accident waiting to happen' before Croatia triumph

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"Since I came in, maybe Dejan made three or four mistakes, two of them in the Tottenham game, maybe one in a Champions League game a year ago".

With a place in the final secured after a 2017-18 season in which Liverpool reached the Champions League final despite criticisms of their defensive weaknesses, Lovren feels a point had been proven about his quality as a player. "I don't know exactly what happened before I came in", the manager told Liverpoolfc.com.

"After all we went through, we deserve to be here", he said.

"I'm still not entirely convinced by him and would suggest he is still an accident waiting to happen if the right buttons are pushed and enough pressure is applied".

And after playing a key role in Croatia's 2-1 semi-final win over England, the Liverpool centre-back gave a passionate post-match interview and fired back at his critics.

"But I think even now after 20 years people will remember us and not just the '98 team".

His disappointment for Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and fans of the country he calls home at the moment sat alongside satisfaction in seeing Lovren reach the pinnacle of the global game.

"It's something special for me", Lovren said regarding the feat.

"It was a very intense game, how a semi-final should be. In extra-time we showed we are still able with the fatigue to play our game". Now there is only one game left to make it forever. The country is small but all the players are pretty big.

Oblak has established himself as one of the world's very best goalkeepers during his four years with Atlético Madrid and the Slovenian worldwide would represent a major summer coup for Liverpool, if a deal can be struck. It's good to see. "I'm happy for them of course".

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