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.
But the 29-year-old, who was been one of Croatia's standout performers at this summer's tournament, has stressed that previous encounters with Kane have no bearing on the result of Wednesday's fixture in Moscow. Something has to change and, next to me, Claude Makélélé knows it too. In the other four games, Croatia's only variable to its 4-2-3-1 formation was whether to start captain Luka Modric in a deep midfield role and Andrej Kramaric more advanced, or to move up Modric and start Marcelo Brozovic. "Why didn't you ask me about when I played well? You're just nit-picking in terms of my performances".
Lovren continued: "I have all respect for Harry Kane".
"He's one of the best strikers in the Premier League", the defender told United Kingdom newspapers.
"He was a constant threat to Sweden, of course he hasn't scored the goals he would have liked to have scored but for myself and the players he has been a crucial part of the way that we have been playing", he said.
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"He's one of the greatest threats, but he's not alone".
Lovren has featured in all five of Croatia's World Cup games so far and played the entirely of the team's two knockout fixtures with Denmark and Russian Federation that went to a penalty shootout after 120 minutes of play. Win or lose, both teams will play two more games in the tournament.
"We've played five hard games and I know they are exhausted but there can't be any excuses", he added. "It is a game that is very evenly matched, we know what we want to do and we have to focus on our preparation and make sure that we control the controllables as we have attempted to do for every game", the manager said. - Croatia scored two headers in its last match against Russian Federation - only one of its previous 29 World Cup goals was scored via a header.
"We experienced the extra time and penalties (against Colombia) and we know the physical and emotional outcome of that", he said.