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Sport Lovren remains confident of Champions League qualification

16:00  07 may  2018
16:00  07 may  2018 Source:   goal.com

Salah a Ballon d'Or contender, says Lovren

  Salah a Ballon d'Or contender, says Lovren Dejan Lovren believes his Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah should be in the Ballon d'Or conversation.Liverpool star Mohamed Salah deserves to be talked about for the Ballon d'Or, according to team-mate Dejan Lovren.

A defeat at top-four rivals Chelsea has not given Dejan Lovren and Liverpool cause for concern over their European qualification hopes.

Dejan Lovren does not believe Liverpool should be worried, despite failing to seal Champions League qualification at Chelsea on Sunday. The Reds have reached the final of Europe's premier club competition, yet their participation in next season's tournament remains in doubt, as a defeat at

DejanLovren - cropped: Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren © Provided by Goal Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren

Dejan Lovren does not believe Liverpool should be worried, despite failing to seal Champions League qualification at Chelsea on Sunday.

The Reds have reached the final of Europe's premier club competition, yet their participation in next season's tournament remains in doubt, as a defeat at Stamford Bridge allowed Chelsea to close to within three points of Jurgen Klopp's men.

Although Chelsea have a game in hand, Liverpool's superior goal difference almost certainly means victory against Brighton and Hove Albion will secure a top-four finish.

Lovren says Real Madrid should fear Liverpool

  Lovren says Real Madrid should fear Liverpool Liverpool central defender Dejan Lovren believes that his side’s Champions League opponents should have fear when the two come face to face in Kiev later this month, as reported by BT Sport. The Reds progressed through to the final thanks to a 7-6 aggregate victory over Roma to set up the final with Real Madrid. Liverpool have been on fire this season in the Champions League, netting 40 goals in this season’s edition. This is the most in the history of the competition. It is the club’s first Champions League final since 2005 and they will be desperate to make it a good one as they aim for a trophy this season. Lovren spoke about the fear which Madrid will have when the two meet in Kiev: “They are quite confident but we don’t care for that, we are focused on our job.” “Why should we fear them? They should fear us.

Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah says he is " confident " of playing in the World Cup after suffering a shoulder injury in the Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid. Salah, 25, left the pitch in Kiev in tears after a first-half challenge with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.

Watch Sadio Mane & Dejan Lovren look ahead to the Reds' forthcoming Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev. Don't miss a Liverpool FC press

And Lovren is confident that third-placed Liverpool, who defeated Middlesbrough on the final day of last season to book a return to the Champions League, will deliver again, telling the club's website: "It's similar [to 2016-17]. We know what we can expect.

"It will definitely be tough. Brighton showed in their previous game against Manchester United that they can win against big teams, but I'm confident we can do it."

Lovren also believes Liverpool deserved a draw at Chelsea, where Olivier Giroud's header settled the game in the home side's favour.

"To be honest, we had a quite good game," he said. "We played our football how we wanted and how we expected.

"With [Chelsea's] deep defending, it was quite difficult. We had a couple of chances and didn't score; they had this one header and that's it, one goal. It should usually be at least a point but, unfortunately, we didn't take our chances like we usually do.

"But it's still in our hands. The next game will definitely be a tough game but I'm confident we can manage to win it."

Lovren and Van Dijk will stop Ronaldo "together" .
Dejan Lovren has fired a warning to Cristiano Ronaldo by saying that between him and Virgil van Dijk they will be more than ready for the challenge, reports the Liverpool Echo. The centre-back was speaking at the start of what could be a very special week for Liverpool, with a sixth Champions League title well within their grasp in Kyiv on Saturday night. Lovren has played 13 times in Europe for the Reds this season, and said this game is the biggest of his career: “I always dreamed to be in the Champions League and I dreamed one day to lift the trophy. We have the biggest chance in our lives.” Lovren was full of praise for his partner at the back, Virgil van Dijk. The Dutchman signed for Liverpool in January and the defence has looked more comfortable with him in the side. They will be tasked with stopping the competition’s record scorer in Cristiano Ronaldo as they bid to win the trophy, and the Croatian international believes they can do exactly that. “We will stop him together. In some parts of the game it will be one against one but it is a challenge that I will be ready for. I have been working so hard and I am ready for everything.

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