The Liverpool centre-back started and impressed in what was a pretty convincing victory for Croatia, helping his nation to a clean sheet to top Group D after one game. Lovren featured heavily for his club side and despite improved performances as had critics since arriving at Anfield.
Becoming a cert in Jurgen Klopp's backline and forming a partnership with Virgil van Dijk has helped the 28-year-old defender to be the same on the international stage for Croatia.
Lovren played 43 times for Liverpool last season and played a key part in their run to the Champions League final where they lost out to Real Madrid in Kiev.
Though despite seeing him week in, week out, Reds fans were left pleasantly surprised by his confident display and in droves showed support for Lovren, looking forward to see what he can deliver for Liverpool next season.
Here are some of the positive tweets from Liverpool fans after last night's game..
Dejan Lovren just played an outside the foot ball 40+ yards and it went to his team mate ...— Anything Liverpool (@AnythingLFC_) June 16, 2018
Who is this guy 👀
Dejan Lovren was superb tonight, keeping a clean sheet and a faultless performance. Made 4 clearances and won 4/6 duels. One of the best players on the pitch along with Modric and Subasic.— Samue (@VintageSalah) June 16, 2018
Dejan Lovren was absolutely superb tonight for Croatia. In Kiev, Lovren put in the display of his life. Since that fateful afternoon at Wembley, Dejan Lovren has truly improved his game. He's becoming a very solid central defender.— Matt (@FalseFirmino) June 16, 2018
Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren deserve time. pic.twitter.com/41EXLeZCLE
This Dejan Lovren guy is pretty good for Croatia, could be a good partner for VVD next season 👀— Anfield Agenda (@AnfieldAgenda) June 16, 2018
Lovren and Croatia will aim to replicate their performance again when they come up against Argentina on Thursday in Nizhny Novgorod for the second group game in Russia.