The former Dinamo Zagreb player said that criticism regarding him is unfair.
The Croatian defender recently stated that Spanish skipper Sergio Ramos makes more mistakes than him. The Liverpool man also backed up his earlier compliments (about himself) that he is one of the best defenders in the world.
Regarding the criticism thrown at him on a regular basis, the former Dinamo Zagreb player tagged it as unfair, and quipped that the Real Madrid captain makes more errors than him. Lovren told Copa 90, “People always catch you on these mistakes, they don’t look [at the] good things. Sometimes I think I don’t deserve the hate, I would say. If you look, Ramos, he has many more mistakes than me. But he’s at Real Madrid. When you do a mistake, but you win 5-1, 5-2, nobody sees the mistake. You know what I mean. I’m, like, quite unlucky. When I make the mistake it’s 1-0 and finish. But like I said, I carry on.”
When asked, who are the current best five defenders, Lovren took another dig at Ramos by saying that Raphael Varane is better than him. He also said, “Virgil [van Dijk], I would say, because we had a great season. Me and him, we reached the final of the Champions League. I would say Varane, he deserves a lot of credit. But I think he doesn’t get it as much. Ramos gets it and I don’t agree with that.”
Regarding Varane being better than Ramos, he said, “Definitely. For me, at this moment and previous years, yeah.”
When asked about his earlier remark, that he is one of the best defenders in the world, he said, “I said one of the best. I never said: ‘I am the best. I always said one of the best. It can be five. But definitely this season.”
He further added, “When you look, tell me a player who played in the Champions League final and then a month later in the final of the World Cup? I am the second after Thierry Henry. I was searching for that information in the Premier League. Yeah, I agree, I didn’t win, but I still think I deserve the credit.”
Lovren’s team Liverpool will visit the Etihad Stadium in a Saturday late evening clash to play against the fourth placed team Arsenal.