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Liverpool fans will be pleased by Dejan Lovren’s continued form

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Liverpool fans will be pleased by Dejan Lovren’s continued form

Liverpool fans have become used to the ever-improving Croatian.

England are out of the World Cup. After uniting a nation and reaching the semi-finals for the first time since 1990 it was Croatia who sent them packing. Mario Mandzukic’s extra-time winner proved enough for victory after Ivan Perisic had cancelled out Kieran Trippier’s fifth-minute opener.

For one Croatia player, the performance was the perfect example of his experience at Liverpool last season. Dejan Lovren was imperious for Croatia last night but only after a ropey start.

(Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Lovren struggled in the first-half. The cunning of Harry Kane and the pace of Raheem Sterling had the Liverpool defender back-pedalling. At half-time the pundits slated him. It was, like the first half of his season at Liverpool. In October, Kane and Dele Alli tore him to shreds in a 4-1 Tottenham win. They were threatening to do so again.

But just like the second half of his season at Liverpool, Lovren turned things around after half-time.

He was like an entirely different player and his incredible clearance from a Trippier cross in the second-half was magnificent.

Liverpool fans supporting England last night will be devastated that football is not coming home. However, they will also be pleased to see their centre-back performing so well on the grandest stage.

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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