Now, let’s get one thing straight.
Dejan Lovren enjoyed a terrific end to the campaign with Liverpool and was fantastic for Croatia at the World Cup – and we’re incredibly proud of his achievements and sad he lost both finals.
So good has he been, that we’re more than happy for the 29-year-old to line up alongside Virgil van Dijk next season in Jurgen Klopp’s first-choice XI.
But the Croat needs to be careful about what he tells the press, because he’s setting himself up for a fall – and in this modern age of social media – everything is remembered and mocked in equal measure.
Following his statement that he’s one of the best defenders in the world, Lovren has claimed France played anti-football in their 4-2 final victory in Moscow.
“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,” Lovren said after the final, quoted by SBS.
“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.”
Some might think Lovren has a point, but it seems a little like sour grapes.
Lovren should be aiming his anger at the referee for giving the hand-ball penalty and not France, who scored four goals – the second most in a World Cup Final ever.
The Croat will now have three weeks off, before he returns to Melwood training. He’ll have seven days of training before the Premier League begins.