"Without being arrogant, I think I have proved to be one of the best defenders in the world".
"People very often judge other people pretty early".
Klopp feels the positive arc of the defender's past season is just reward for a player he believes can still improve further, too. "I don't know exactly what happened before I came in", the manager told Liverpoolfc.com.
"90 per cent of the time he played outstanding, 95 per cent absolutely OK, and five per cent probably he was not at his best".
"I'm still not entirely convinced by him and would suggest he is still an accident waiting to happen if the right buttons are pushed and enough pressure is applied".
"I went through a lot of sh** and now I would say it is coming back".
The Liverpool centre-back played his part in keeping England striker Harry Kane quiet at Luzhniki Stadium as Zlatko Dalic's side bounced back from Kieran Trippier's fifth-minute opener to win 2-1 in extra time.More news: Many Irish will echo Gareth Southgate's attitude to 'football's coming home' song
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.
"After all we went through, we deserve to be here", he said.
"It was a sign again how a game can change in one second. I wish we could both be in the final for that game but there is only one victor".
And the Liverpool defender has praised Croatian parents for "making good love" and giving the small country several sports stars.
Oblak has established himself as one of the world's very best goalkeepers during his four years with Atlético Madrid and the Slovenian global would represent a major summer coup for Liverpool, if a deal can be struck. It's impressive what they are doing.
"If you want, I had two players in the team because Ivan Perisic was my player when we won the double years ago at Dortmund".