The league season is over, but international football is just beginning for the summer, and Anfield was busy once again last weekend when Croatia and Brazil faced off in a friendly. It was Lovren against Firmino on both of their home turf, but Firmino came away the victor after Brazil scored twice in the second half to seal a victory.
Still, despite the disappointing result, Lovren spoke afterward about how “special” it was to get to represent his country at Anfield.
“It was special. It was different than usual when you go out in a red shirt,” he told the official site after the game. “I was representing my country and it was a special game in front of a mixed crowd of Croatian and Brazilian supporters. It was a great atmosphere.
“It was a tough game, of course – Brazil were the favourites. In the first half, we did quite well and we defended well; but then in the second half, with their individual quality – Neymar and Bobby, definitely – they deserved to win. It’s good that nobody is injured and we’re ready to play the next game.”
That’s another friendly in the bag, as both teams prepare for the World Cup kick-off in only ten days. Croatia face Iceland, Argentina, and Nigeria in Group D, while Firmino and Brazil look to win Group E against Switzerland, Costa Rica, and Serbia.