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    Dejan Lovren makes massive claim about Croatia’s World Cup chances

    All the way

    Dejan Lovren has made it very clear the dark horses of the World Cup could well go on and win the whole thing.

    The Liverpool defender noted that his side are bang on form, and while people aren’t considering them as favourites for the tournament, their two wins have been deserved – and that they are making waves and should be taken very seriously.

    Standard Sport report he said: “We can do better [than in 1998], of course.

    “When you look on the teamsheet, we have better players than 20 years ago. It doesn’t mean anything if we don’t perform well but if we are like yesterday, through all the tournament, I believe we can go far.

    “There are many favourites, we should be honest. Still Germany here, Spain, France — big teams, big names. We are the underdogs and this helps us. I don’t see any [teams to avoid] and we are not too scared against anyone.

    “Three-nil against Argentina… this is a big, big game. I don’t know the last time they lost 3-0 at the World Cup.

    “The teams and people will realise they should respect Croatia. We have one of the toughest groups but also we showed we can manage to play under pressure. We deserve this win.”

    Liverpool vs Burnley

    Dejan Lovren of Liverpool and Emre Can of Liverpool celebrate there sides second goal of the game during the Premier League match between Burnley and Liverpool at Turf Moor on January 1, 2018 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

    Good performances

    One thing that simply has to be said about Lovren is that his performances of late have been brilliant.

    The defender was mocked at times last season, and it seemed that he would be replaced in the Liverpool line-up this summer – yet after a strong second half of the season and a great Champions League final showing despite the result, he’s now taking his improved performances into the World Cup.

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