Liverpool news: Lovren to use World Cup heartache as motivation

7 months ago

In the latest Liverpool news, Dejan Lovren says losing the Champions League final and the World Cup final in the space of two months has made him hungrier to deliver success for the Reds in the 2018/19 season.

Lovren started Liverpool’s 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on May 26 and also Croatia’s 4-2 World Cup final loss to France at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.

Zlatko Dalic’s men can count themselves slightly unlucky to walk away with the silver medal, having scored an unfortunate own-goal before Les Bleus were awarded a controversial penalty for handball after the referee used VAR.

But, in the end, it was France who lifted the trophy and it was another painful final defeat for Lovren, who is yet to win any silverware with Croatia or Liverpool.

Focus now turns towards the start of the new Premier League campaign and Liverpool open their domestic season at home to West Ham on August 12, with the hosts the firm 2/7 favourites with bet365, while a draw is priced at 4/1 and the Hammers are the 10/1 outsiders.

The Reds’ defender insists missing out on glory for the second time in quick succession has provided him with more motivation to succeed.

“I am pleased that I performed well but overall it’s not enough. You need to win. It hurts personally because I lost the Champions League final and now this final and it’s not easy to accept,” Lovren was quoted as saying by the Mirror.

“It’s difficult to understand and to accept when you lose and play well. I feel proud though because we gave everything but sometimes you are better but still don’t win. But it will definitely motivate me next season to win trophies. Especially with Liverpool.”