Dejan Lovren has been speaking to Liverpool's official website about taking to the field for Croatia on Thursday evening against Argentina - and fans have been discussing how the defender will get on with marking Lionel Messi.
The Liverpool man was solid against Nigeria in the opening game, but will arguably face a far sterner test in Nizhny Novgorod with Barcelona talisman Messi looking to make amends for his penalty miss against Iceland.
The 30-year-old was Argentina's danger man during the 1-1 draw, but couldn't quite inspire his side to victory as the plucky Scandanavians held on.
He'll no doubt be looking to take out his frustrations on Croatia, who currently top Group D after beating Nigeria 2-0, and Lovren will have to bring his A-game.
At times last season in the Premier League Lovren was suspect, and even had to deal with death theats after a particularly poor showing against Tottenham Hostpur at Wembley. His form improved drastically towards the end of the season, though.
Ahead of the clash, supporters of Lovren's club Liverpool have been tipping their man to come up trumps against the superstar. Here are some of the best responses:
Lionel Messi v Dejan Lovren.— Ojash (@ojash_ynwa) 21 June 2018
All up for this.
Lovren to drop 10/10 masterclass— DIE hard REDS (@WerDhr12) 21 June 2018
Lovren masterclass incoming and you can do absolutely nothing about it.— Bikash Lama (@21Bikash) 21 June 2018
Lovren madness tonight. He's gonna pocket Leo Messi.— river (@riverpoooll) 21 June 2018
Can’t wait for Lovren to pocket Messi today— Helenn (@helennnn7) 21 June 2018
Argentina ain’t getting out their group and Lovren is gonna pocket Messi today. Facts.— Akash (@Akash_LFC) 21 June 2018
Getting to watch Messi vs Lovren without Liverpool having to face Barcelona is going to be interesting to watch. He did well vs Ronaldo, let's see messi now— manuèl (@strickyfootball) 20 June 2018
can’t wait to watch lovren pocketing messi later— Vik (@LFCVik) 21 June 2018
Looool there's no Messi masterclass tomorrow! you guys said the same against Iceland and he dropped a -1/10. Stop hyping him up, he's finito! He'll spend the game comfortably in Dejan Lovren's pocket.— raz (@ftblraz) 20 June 2018
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