Lovren last man standing as focus now switches to domestic countdown

Dejan Lovren was the last man standing for Liverpool in this summer's successful World Cup finals.

Despite a spirited performance from his Croatia side, Lovren walked away as a runner up as France won the trophy for the 2nd time in 20 years.

Croatia had brushed England aside in the semi-finals and had showed resilience in all three of their knockout games on the way to the Moscow final, but were second best as they lost 4-2 in Sunday's final.

For his part Lovren looked back on the tournament with pride.

"I think we played one of our best games of the tournament, but in the end you look at the result and it was not enough.

“Of course, we are disappointed in some moments about the referee’s decisions, but we have nothing to look back about. It is over and we should accept mistakes happened.

“We should be proud; proud of our country, our players and what we achieved in such difficult times.”

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander Arnold returned to England earlier in the day, and alongside Simon Mignolet, the quartet will return to LFC training on Sunday 5th August.  Liverpool's first Premier League game is on the 12th August.

Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Marko Grujic will return ahead of the trip to America - and finally Roberto Firmino will join after the US trip when the reds will undergo a mini training camp in France.

New signing Xherdan Shaqiri however is set to join up with the reds mid-way through the tour of the United States.  Liverpool will be Stateside from the end of this week until the end of July.  Shaqiri's first involvement could possibly arrive in the final game of the trip against Manchester United (29th July UK time).

The reds played out a 0-0 draw away at Bury at the weekend, with Klopp citing a punishing training regime as the reason the reds failed to spark into action.

This week the reds head to Blackburn Rovers on Thursday evening before they pack their bags ready for the trip to the US.

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