Dejan Lovren has certainly had his critics over the years, and plenty of them have been Liverpool supporters.
Since moving to Anfield from Southampton in 2014, the centre-back has struggled for consistency.
The Croatia international has been a far cry from a solid presence at the back for large chunks of his time at Liverpool.
However, following Virgil van Dijk’s arrival at the club in January, Lovren has looked much more comfortable at the back.
The Dutchman’s leadership and confidence has spread through the rest of the back four, and now there is a strong case for Lovren to remain as Van Dijk’s centre-back partner this season.
Former Liverpool left-back John Arne Riise has regularly been critical of Lovren, but he held his hands up in a message on Twitter following Croatia’s victory.
Mr Lovren. I have been negative towards you during this season. I apologize! You have won me over. Played great. Had the best players in your pocket and proved to be very important to the success of our club! Good luck for the rest of World Cup mate 👌🏻🔝
— John Arne Riise (@JARiiseOfficial) June 22, 2018