Germany's World Cup campaign was the true definition of disaster.
After their dominant display at the 2014 edition of the tournament in Brazil, Die Mannschaft went out at the group stage round for the first time since 1938.
Joachim Low's side lost their first game to Mexico 1-0, managed to seal a last-minute 2-1 over Sweden and were then humiliated 2-0 by South Korea.
It was the end of an era for Germany, with a number of their big names on the cusp of being cut from the team altogether.
Two players who faced the most criticism were Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan.
While they were certainly not the two worst performers, their ill-advised picture with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan caused a real stir.
They were booed by supporters in their warmup friendly against Saudi Arabia as a result.
And Ozil has bore a lot of the criticism for Germany's World Cup failure, with team manager Oliver Bierhoff even stating that he regrets taking the Arsenal man.
However, one German fan who has jumped to the playmaker's defence is none other than Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
On calls for Ozil to quit the national team, Klopp said to Sport Bild: "They're complete nonsense. The intelligent people of this country demand tolerance.
"And the others should shut up and not question the boys."
Klopp was then asked about the infamous photo with Erdogan and the Liverpool boss spoke yet more sense.
"Both were certainly not very well advised in this matter. Older, more experienced people should have helped them there.
"And further, 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 who hears the most. But that's never been my thing. "
About time someone associated with the German setup spoke like that.
Low will remain in charge for the foreseeable future and he faces a big call with regards to Ozil's international future.
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