The signing of a world class goalkeeper remains the primary target for Liverpool this summer, particularly following Loris Karius' high profile mistakes in the Champions League final at the end of May.
"I think people should recognise that I am also one of the best defenders in the world and not just talk nonsense", he told BeIN Sports.
"I heard people saying I had a hard season but I don't agree with that", the 29-year-old told beIN SPORTS.
Memories turned back to him being substituted off after half an hour for Liverpool against Tottenham last October, when he went head to head with Harry Kane.
The Liverpool defender helped his nation to a 2-1 victory over the Three Lions in Moscow on Wednesday night, setting up a finale against France.
Lovren's part in Croatia's most famous World Cup run comes two years after he found himself frozen out of the national team set-up, following a disagreement with then-coach Ante Cacic. "People are crying in our country", he added.
"We will never forget this". People should respect us. We beat our record 20 years ago and we had it on our shoulders all the time, this weight I would say and people now will never forget us.
"Now we have a chance to do something even better". Lovren agreed that the first 45 minutes was tough as his side failed to take control of the ball. "After everything that's been said before the game, we showed our character and that we deserve to be in the final".
And he reserved a special word for team-mate Luka Modric: 'He is, not one of, the best midfield player in the world.
"England are one of the favourites to win the World Cup and you have to respect that", he said.