Lovren, 29, has largely failed to set Anfield alight since moving from Southampton in 2014, often coming under fire for a lack of consistency at the back, though last season the Croat defender was instrumental in Liverpool's journey to the Champions League final.
Not only that though, he believes he now deserves to be viewed as one of the best defenders in world football.
Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, right-back Sime Vrsaljko and Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren all missed the session at the Luzhniki Stadium training complex.
From my point of view, people said I had a hard season but I don't agree.
"Since I came in, maybe Dejan made three or four mistakes, two of them in the Tottenham game, maybe one in a Champions League game past year".
'I think people should recognise that I am also one of the best defenders in the world and not just talk nonsense'. We will never forget this.
Lovren, whose nation are into the semi-finals for the first time since 1998, said Croatia could play with freedom.
"It's something special for me". Before this game they said we are exhausted but we showed in extra-time we had fresher legs than them.
"We've had this weight on our shoulders for 20 years".
"It was quite tough first half, we couldn't control the ball and they had some chances, but in the second half we did much better".
Dalic refused to confirm whether right back Sime Vrsaljko would miss the game, after the Atletico Madrid player came off in extra time against Russian Federation.
They had previously defeated Denmark and hosts Russian Federation on penalties, becoming the first team ever to advance to the final by winning three consecutive extra time games. "Now we have a chance to do something even better".