"People said I had a hard season but I don't agree with that".
Dejan Lovren demanded respect - for himself and for Croatia - after outlasting England to win a place in the World Cup final. "People are crying. It's something historical for us", the Liverpool defender said. "We know what it takes and in such moments you forget any fatigue you may feel", said the 29-year-old at Tuesday's eve-of-game press conference at Luzhniki Stadium.
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"We will never forget this".
It is the first time since 1998 that the nation of just over four million people have reached this stage of the competition, after they eliminated Russian Federation in a penalty shoot-out at the weekend.
"After 20 years, people will remember us, not only the '98 team".
"I really don't understand these questions, always looking back to where I made some mistakes", he said. "Now we've got a chance to do something better on Sunday".
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"It was a tough first half".
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.
"One minute you think everything's in control and all of a sudden the ball's in the back of the net and he's right in the middle of it".
One player Lovren insists should garner the respect of football fans worldwide is compatriot and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, urging FIFA to recognise his achievements and award him the Ballon d'Or.
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He will spend Thursday and Friday in England, visiting Windsor and Chequers, before heading to Scotland for the weekend. Evie is also excited to see the planned "Trump baby" blimp which is due to fly over London and Scotland when he visits.
Klopp's comments come after Lovren claimed that based on his recent exploits, including with the Reds in the Champions League, people should view him as one of the world's best defenders.