Are Jurgen Klopp’s side in danger of a dramatic fall from grace? (Picture: Getty Images)Liverpool ‘could easily drop to fourth’ in the Premier League this season unless they sign new players, reckons Arsenal icon Paul Merson.The Reds are going into a Premier League season as defending champions for the first time and got off to a winning start with a 4-3 victory over Leeds at Anfield on Saturday.However, Jurgen Klopp has only made one senior signing this summer so far, bringing in Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos, who is only acting as an understudy for Andy Robertson at left-back.Merson feels the champions’ squad is looking perilously weak and any sort of injury crisis could seriously cost them in the defence of their title and benefit the likes of Manchester City, who can boast a much deeper squad.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Liverpool could easily drop to fourth,’ Merson told Sky Sports. ‘You look at the goals Liverpool let in against Leeds: wow. I just think they turned up and thought they would wipe the floor with Leeds.‘I think they need to buy someone. It would not surprise me if the finished fourth this season, and I thought that before this game. ‘It’s the same team, and they have a massive amount of players who have to play every week. Virgil van Dijk cannot get injured. The full-backs cannot get injured. They have not got anyone to replace the front three if they are injured.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘If Man City get injuries, they will just play: “We’ll score more goals than you” anyway. What we’ll see later in the season is teams like Man City come into the fold massively, because their squad is too big. ‘That’s why I worry about Liverpool, there’s five or six players who must play week in, week out, otherwise the team is weakened immensely.’Liverpool have continually been linked with Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara this summer, but that move looks no closer to being completed than any time over the last two months.That transfer could still happen, but the Reds are not expected to complete any other deals and will almost certainly end the transfer window with much the same squad they have now.MORE: Fernando Torres backs Liverpool over Chelsea in his Premier League title predictionMORE: Timo Werner delivers fitness update for Liverpool game after picking up knee injuryFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 15 Sep 2020 7:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link996Shares Liverpool could easily drop to fourth in Premier League, reckons Paul Merson Comment Advertisement Advertisement
Guinea-Bissau’s new prime minister Baciro Dja was sworn in Thursday despite angry protests from the ruling party, deepening a political crisis a week after the government was sacked.President Jose Mario Vaz swore in Dja, 39, just hours after he was appointed to replace Domingos Simoes Pereira, who he fired over a series of disputes including the naming of a new army chief, sparking fresh crisis in the chronically unstable west African nation.Dja is a former minister in the office of the president who was suspended from the ruling party, African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC).The new presidential appointee was not chosen by PAIGC, the biggest parliamentary party that is supposed to propose the prime minister’s name.Early this month, Dja was suspended from his post as the third vice-chairman of PAIGC by the party’s disciplinary committee for undermining the party’s chairman, Simoes Pereira.He had resigned in June from government following a misunderstanding with the sacked prime minister.