Liverpool have a player in the World Cup final but not the one that many would have bet on at the start of the tournament. Dejan Lovren’s Croatia overcame Jordan Henderson’s England, despite going a goal down early on in the game.
Croatia have been one of the more impressive sides in the tournament and they made a recovery first through Ivan Perisic and then Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in extra-time.
While it was heartbreak for the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Henderson, Lovren does deserve some good fortune as he has been incredible for us since that defeat to Tottenham at Wembley when he was substituted in under 30 minutes.
The former Southampton man has gone through a lot during his time at Liverpool but now he has a chance of being a World Cup winner as Croatia face France in the final.
As expected, Twitter went crazy for “Lovren nation” and here are some of the best reactions to Croatia and Dejan making it to the final.
Lovren 9 months back :
– Puts his worst ever performance in a Liverpool shirt against Spurs.
– Gets substituted in 30 mins.
Lovren right now :
– UCL finalist.
– World Cup finalist.
– One of the best defenders in the tournament.
Dejan ❤ren never quits. 💪🏻👊🏻 🇭🇷 pic.twitter.com/CxSoPZpVll
— Rithwik Rajendran (@rithwikrajendra) July 12, 2018
Dejan Lovren will be playing in the World Cup final. So happy for him. What a turnaround it’s been. Just goes to show that persistence pays off. Hopefully he ends up being a WC winner. He deserves it. #LFC #Cro pic.twitter.com/VirIz6hCX0
— Luke Foley 🇦🇺 (@LukeAFoley) July 12, 2018
Dejan Lovren’s back pocket when he arrives at Melwood. pic.twitter.com/JqolwZkMZS
— 🇬🇳 (@ClinicalNaby) July 12, 2018
Anyone who thinks Lovren hasn’t been immense for this Croatian side is insane
— LFC Boston (@LFCBoston) July 12, 2018
Love you lovren 😘
— FT: #Tranmere 2-3 #LFC (@BetaKopites) July 12, 2018
‘Footballs coming home’
Well, to be specific, it’s coming to Liverpool, in Lovren’s back pocket – along with Messi, Ronaldo and Kane.
— Ben Webb (@BenWebbLFC) July 12, 2018
Here’s my thoughts on dejans comments..
If a CB gets to a CL final & WC final pocketing ageuro jesus ronaldo messi Eriksen & Kane along the way in unfavoured teams he’s WORLD CLASS END OF stop the bullshit agenda he has been fantastic since Oct 22nd vs spurs #Lovren
— baby keith snm… (@JurgenAhBelieve) July 11, 2018
Dejan Lovren in a World Cup finial. So happy for him
— nicole (@nicwhitaker__) July 11, 2018
[BREAKING] Dejan Lovren will probably miss the final!!!
— Vanja Prahić (@vprahic) July 11, 2018
Gotta love a man who shows his emotions. He deserves this! LOVREN ❤ pic.twitter.com/nARQNdU2Y6
— тιιммa🌸|| ℓғc ||❤ (@Tiima89) July 11, 2018
Dejan Lovren becomes the 5th Liverpool player in history to feature in a World Cup Final. The others being Roger Hunt, Dirk Kuyt, Dietmar Hamann and Fernando Torres! Good luck Big Man!#WorldCup #dejanlovren pic.twitter.com/fUTLJk7UtC
— “YNWA” LFC Story (@LFCHistoryShow) July 11, 2018