Some Liverpool fans and indeed neutrals are heaping praise on Dejan Lovren after his Croatia side beat England to reach the World Cup final.
The 29-year-old has undergone some transformation after a bad start to the season at Liverpool, when he even found himself substituted off in the first half of a shocker at Tottenham.
A few months later and Lovren has been a rock solid performer for club and country, helping Liverpool to the Champions League final and now Croatia to their first ever appearance in a World Cup final.
Kieran Trippier had given England a 1-0 lead early on, but goals from Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic saw Croatia come from behind and given Lovren another shot at winning a major final.
Some are amazed at the way he’s come back from such a low point of his career, and Twitter is now full of praise for the player after Croatia’s remarkable result this evening.
— Magic Man (@LukeCozzie) July 11, 2018
?? | It’s more than just a game. Well done, Dejan. ? pic.twitter.com/4eUqX6j9uT
— Watch LFC (@Watch_LFC) July 11, 2018
Lovren was elite today
— colon open parenthesis (@Mxtt96) July 11, 2018
Lovren has elite mentality. Criticised week in week out, deemed not good enough and yet still gets himself to a CL and WC final in a year.
Since that disasterclass at Wembley, Lovren has been immense.
Good luck to Croatia in the final ?
— Raja (@RDhillonn_) July 11, 2018
He may not have won anything (yet), but what a great year for Lovren, Champions League final and now a World Cup final, top class player ?
— Luke Kearney (@lukekearney1998) July 11, 2018
Btw Lovren has been world class recently. He’s pocketed Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi and Kane in the space of 3 months!
— amandeep. (@lxrdAB) July 11, 2018
Lovren top class tonight, Champions League final and World Cup final in 2 months, not bad for being shite?????
— ?dan (@DanNootDaniel) July 11, 2018
Ignore the fools, Lovren was outstanding tonight. Utterly world class.
— Steve Atkins (@steviea67) July 11, 2018
Dejan lovren world class the night .harry Kane was he even playing ????
— frani (@franioz) July 11, 2018