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Kovacic and Lovren are close pals from the Croatia national team set-up.
But midfielder Kovacic – who is on loan at Chelsea from Real Madrid – couldn’t resist making a cheeky dig when quizzed about the Reds star at a charity fundraiser.
“Liverpool will not be English champions,” he quipped.
“Why? Well because they have Dejan Lovren!”
Jurgen Klopp’s heavyweights are performing well this season.
Lovren, however, has only started three league games of the campaign so far.
The Reds sit second in the Premier League, two points off leaders Manchester City and two above Kovacic’s Chelsea.
Liverpool managed a comfortable 2-0 win over Fulham on Saturday.
Speaking after the clash, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp said: “In a few moments it was tougher, in a few moments it was not tough.
“That’s how it is. When we saw the line-up we were obviously a bit surprised – how could we prepare for that line-up? It was the first time in the season I think that they played like this, with four or five centre-halves.
“It was clear then what would be their approach. So far, Fulham have always had a football-playing idea and today you saw it – after winning the second ball they were on their toes, they played football but with a lot of long build-up, a lot of long situations and Mitrovic did outstandingly well in these situations.
“So that was a bit tricky but apart from that I thought the boys did really well from the beginning.
“We created, we passed, we accelerated in the right moments.
“We had big chances early with Sadio Mane, Shaqiri, Mohamed Salah in the box where they blocked it in the last second, where the goalie could make a save.
“I don’t know how exactly many chances there were today, it’s not too important.
“We scored twice, maybe it’s a bit strange that one was after a quick restart and one after a set-piece, the second ball phase, but that’s very important as well that you have these situations and you can use it. So I’m completely happy.
“Apart from scoring more goals it was a really good performance.
“Fulham always have the quality to cause problems, it was this time really good for our analysis that we had the Man City games [against them] because even though results were pretty clear, especially in the league game I think, City had to work really hard in these games.
“You only usually see the result but in this case we watched those games for analysis.
“So no problem with that. We had to work hard, we won it, all good.”
Liverpool face Watford after the international break.