Dejan Lovren is expected to return to Stamford Bridge tonight to face Chelsea for the first time since leaving Liverpool last year.
The former Southampton center-back joined the Reds in 2014 and made 185 appearances for the club, scoring eight goals.
Lovren has enjoyed success in the Premier League and Champions League, as well as silver medals in the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup.
And the Croatian veteran has claimed he misses Liverpool more than he misses in light of the Reds’ injury crisis at center-back last season.
But many Reds fans weren’t quite so convinced by Lovren, infamous for the many mistakes he made during his time at Anfield.
The defender, however, has never lacked confidence in his abilities, even claiming that he should be considered one of the best defenders in the world ahead of the 2018 World Cup final.
He said: “I showed that I took Liverpool to the Champions League final and now with my national team we are in the final.
“I think people should recognize that I’m one of the best defensemen in the world and not just talk nonsense I will say.”
Lovren was on the losing side in the Champions League and World Cup finals that year, the first involving an injury to Mohamed Salah.
But the 32-year-old took revenge on Sergio Ramos for his challenge against Salah when he left him one in Croatia’s victory over Spain six months later.
He said: “I deliberately hit Ramos after injuring Salah? Yes it’s possible.
“Luka Modric tried to reduce the tension between me and Ramos, and we were up against Spain with the Croatian national team, and I deliberately hit him with my elbows and told him we had drawn now.”
Tonight Lovren faces his Croatian teammate Mateo Kovacic in Zenit St Petersburg’s Champions League opener with Chelsea – which is live on talkSPORT.
And the former Lyon star might also want to take revenge on the Blues midfielder after his cheeky search against the defense of his compatriot in 2018.
Kovacic left a memorable name for Lovren when asked about Liverpool’s title chances at a charity event with Croatia.
“Liverpool will not be England champions,” he said, according to the local website 24 Sata. “Why? Well because they have Dejan Lovren.
Kovacic ultimately proved correct as Liverpool missed domestic glory later in the season by just one point against rivals Manchester City.
The 27-year-old also beat Lovren at Real Madrid in the 2018 Champions League final and will be confident to replicate the feat after a strong start to the campaign.
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