Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has defended under fire Germany stars Mesut Ozil and İlkay Gundogan.
Germany went into this summers World Cup as reigning Champions, but were embarrassingly dumped out in the Group stages after losses to Mexico and South Korea.
Many fans and pundits believe that a big reason for Die Mannschaft’s struggles in Russia was the storm caused by Arsenal playmaker Ozil and Manchester City midfielder Gundogan’s decision to pose for photo’s with controversial Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the eve of the tournament.
While Klopp concedes that the photo’s were probably ill advised, he slammed those who have been overly critical of the pair:
“The intelligent people of this country demand tolerance. And the others should shut up and not question the boys,” he told German publication Bild.
“Older, more experienced people should have helped them there.
“We should not forget that the two of them have Turkish roots, even though they grew up here in Germany. But it is the same as always: the one who cries the loudest is the one heard the most. But that’s never been my thing.”