Croatia boss rips into Liverpool's Dejan Lovren

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Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren incurred the wrath of his international boss to say the least.

As quoted by beIN Sports, Croatia boss Ante Cacic slammed Liverpool's Dejan Lovren for cutting short a warm-up on international duty at the weekend, noting that his place at Euro 2016 has been jeopardised as a result.

The Reds centre-back incurred the wrath of his manager by returning to the bench before any of the other substitutes during Saturday's 1-1 away to Hungary on a cold night in Budapest.

Suffice to say it did not go down well with Cacic, who insists that he will not tolerate such behaviour, even going as far as to claim that the incident may see him snubbed when he names his Euro 2016 squad.

"He did not refuse to get on the pitch... because no one invited him to come on," Cacic is quoted as saying by beIN Sports. "But do you think it is up to Lovren or any other player to decide how long will he warm up? Or is it [the] coach's decision?

"Also, I didn't specifically tell him to warm up, I told all the benched players because it was cold in Budapest. So all of them went to warm up. I will not tolerate such behaviour because no one is more important than the team. Lovren made [a] step backward, away from our squad.

"We didn't talk after the match, we will see what is going to happen, but I will not tolerate such acts and he made [a] wrong move."


Lovren, to his credit, has played like a man reborn since Jurgen Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers at the Merseyside club, and Cacic may not be entirely serious with his threat to drop him for Euro 2016.

The 26-year-old is certainly a big asset to the Reds these days, having for so long looked like a busted flush, and the Croatian coach would be wise to bring him to France this summer.

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