Not many would have predicted that Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson or his teammate Dejan Lovren will be in the World Cup final.
Henderson has come under criticism many times by rival supporters, while Lovren has been the subject of online abuse from his own fans over the years.
Last season, though, both players stepped up, with the club skipper becoming more of a leader, while his teammate improved in defence alongside Virgil van Dijk.
Next Wednesday night, the two players will go head to head on the global stage in Russia as England and Croatia fight for a spot in Sunday’s final against either France or Belgium.
The Liverpool duo have put in some decent displays for their respective countries, but only one will have a chance to lift the coveted trophy.
Unsurprisingly, Liverpool fans have taken great joy in the knowledge that one of their players will make the showpiece, particularly a pair who have often been made scapegoats in the past.
Some supporters took to Twitter to point out the irony.
Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson are 2 of the most criticised players in the Liverpool squad yet one of them is gauranteed a place in the World Cup Final while players like Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo will be watching. Funny how it works. ?
— Furious Firmino (@FuriousFirmino) July 8, 2018
Hello haters, Liverpool’s scapegoats Henderson and Lovren are in Sami-finals of World Cup ??? #LFC
— Nasra Ali (@afrika5uk) July 8, 2018
Proud that Lovren or Henderson will play WC final. What a summer they are having. CL and WC final in the same year.
— Milly (@Anfield86748473) July 8, 2018
Noticed how Henderson and Lovren have been two of the most ridiculed players in the Premier League yet one will play in a World Cup Final weeks after both playing in a Champions League Final…#F*CKTHEHATERS.
— redwedge67 (@AnthonyWedgwood) July 8, 2018
Step aside Neymar & Kroos, Goodbye Messi & CR, This World Cup holds an epic battle between Henderson & Lovren. It begins to feel like the Euros now.
— Le Shankly (@shanks_59) July 8, 2018
Who’d have thought at the start of last season that we’d be either hoping that Dejan Lovren or Jordan Henderson have a good game in a World Cup final, after appearing in a Champions League final 6 weeks before? Utter madness but both deserve credit for the displays and hard work.
— Dave T (@DavrosTy) July 8, 2018
Love the fact that either Jordan Henderson or Dejan Lovren, two of LFC’s most criticised (yet key) players will play in a World Cup final less than two months after the Champions League final. #LFC #YNWA
— Shareef (@86Shareef) July 8, 2018
Very happy that one of Degsy Lovren or Jordan Henderson will be following up a Champions League final appearance with a World Cup final appearance and a load of horrible lads online will cry about it.
— Cpt_TAA (@Cpt_Reina) July 8, 2018