Dejan Lovren has spoken to his national teammates, Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic, ahead of the Champions League final and also discussed the feeling that comes with making it to UEFA’s showpiece.
When Real Madrid defend their European crown against Liverpool in the Champions League final next week, friends and national teammates will be pitted against each other before they link up for the World Cup the following week.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Lovren has revealed that he has spoken to both Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic ahead of the final. Regardless of what happens in Kiev, the Croatians will meet up for the World Cup in a week and a half.
But let there be no mistake: kinship ties and friendships will not get in the way of either side as they look to become kings of Europe.
“I have been in touch with my Croatian international teammates Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic, who play for Real Madrid,” the No.6 told the official Liverpool FC magazine.
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“It’s quite an amazing achievement for such a small country of not even four million people that almost every year we have a Croatian international player who can win the final. It’s great for us and for the nation.
“I’m sure the whole nation will be tuning in for the final. I would say more people will be on my side as I haven’t won it before and both these guys have won it the last few times!
“The country is proud of us and in the end we will see who will win it.”
Lovren is excited about the biggest night of his career and is determined to prove to the world that Liverpool can get the job done.
“Reaching the final of the Champions League is a fantastic achievement for the club and also personally. We have grown as the competition has gone on and we know what we need to do to do well in this tournament,” he said.
“Apart from the World Cup final, this is the biggest game you can play in and we are all really looking forward to it. It is something that everyone wants.
“I was dreaming of playing in the final and winning the tournament since I was a boy. Now we have the opportunity. We need to show our character again, show our skills and show the world that we can do it.”