Not only that though, he believes he now deserves to be viewed as one of the best defenders in world football.
"I went through a lot of sh** and now I would say it is coming back".
"From my point of view, people said I had a hard season but I don't agree", said the 29-year-old.
I showed why I took Liverpool to the final of the Champions League and now with the national team, and now I'm in the World Cup final.
Lovren and Kane are set to meet again in Moscow on Wednesday, less than nine months after the former was substituted in the first half as Liverpool were crushed by Tottenham at Wembley in the Premier League.
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The American then cruised through the deciding set with a single break of serve enough to ensure her place in the semi-finals. She probably should have done her homework on Williams, who crushed the upset-minded Italian after dropping the first set.
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Lovren told CNN that they are a small country, only four million people and have big talent in their squad. Before this game they said we are exhausted but we showed in extra-time we had fresher legs than them. "I think people should recognise that I'm one of the best defenders in the world". People will never forget us. We beat our record of 20 years ago and we had it on our shoulders all the time, this weight.
'We have the chance to do something better, and hopefully we can do it on Sunday.
Last night he exorcised those ghosts, helping to shut Harry Kane down as Croatia reached the World Cup final.
Croatia played extra-time for the third successive knockout match, having previously beaten Denmark and hosts Russian Federation on penalties.
The proud Croatian said that team-mate Luka Modric deserves the Ballon d'Or if his side prevail against France this weekend and added that it will be a massive occasion for Croatia. In extra time we showed that we are still able with the fatigue to play our game.