Is this triple United signing enough to knock Liverpool off their perch?

Liverpool may suffer regression in post-Suarez era while the apparent recruits Manchester United will make could swing power-balance back to Old Trafford.

According to today's back-pages, Manchester United are set to make a "triple swoop" - a stunning raid across Europe's top clubs in order to loot them of their top talents including Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, Real Madrid attacker Angel di Maria and Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal.

Such a three-fronted assault on the summer transfer market would significantly strengthen three problem areas for the Old Trafford outfit: the issues raised even before the respective exits of experienced centre backs Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic; the lack of real quality from wide positions and the dearth of versatile box-to-boxing solutions in the middle of the park.

Considering this treble would supplement a brace of acquisitions already secured in Ander Herrera and full-back Luke Shaw, it begs the question whether a significantly-strengthened United would be able to leapfrog a weakened Liverpool, who finished as runners-up in the Premier League title race last season, just two points adrift of champions Manchester City.

The Reds - who hauled in 101 goals after 38 domestic match-days - did have Luis Suarez, though, who contributed to 43 combined goals and assists.

Thus far, Brendan Rodgers may have been considerably active in the market but is yet to really find a replacement for the prolificacy of his outbound Uruguayan strike asset.

United returned a points haul, 64, that was inferior to Liverpool's by 20 but not only have the benefit of more proven reinforcements already banked with three further seemingly on the horizon, but will be buoyed by the introduction of tactically-astute manager Louis van Gaal, who engineered a third-place finish for an unfancied Netherlands side.

The head and shoulders of the Premier League division will be even more competitive next season. Manchester City are yet to show off the might of their financial muscle but have already strengthened with the free transfer of erstwhile Gunner; Bacary Sagna, while the £32 million arrival of Eliaquim Mangala appears to be a foregone conclusion. Fernando, for £12 million, has also been added.

Chelsea, meanwhile, have been bolstered by the additions of penalty-box predator Diego Costa and midfield pass master Francesc Fabregas. Arsenal? Alexis Sanchez has already committed to a long-term contract while Sami Khedira appears set to join him.

The moves made by Manuel Pellegrini, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger have outfoxed Brendan Rodgers in the summer window thus far as the players the Ulsterman has brought in - Rickie Lambert, Emre Can and Adam Lallana - are good, but not of the required quality to move a team on from challengers, to champions.

Suarez had that champion quality and last season showed that precise quality. Next season he would have undoubtedly replicated that performance-level had he remained in England, however, the £75 million that Liverpool have been given in exchange does not bring that same guarantee.

Unless drastic measures are taken… like forgetting about top four or top six quality players like Lazar Markovic and recruiting elite-level talent like Juan Cuadrado or Angel di Maria, then Liverpool are in danger of regressing from their heady heights of yesteryear and falling into a top four battle with a resurgent and determined United.

Liverpool may have finally got back onto their perch having been outdone by United for many a season, but is that pendulum going to swing back in favour of the Red Devils? If Rodgers is to play catch-up then he would struggle to better the speculated swoop he has lined up in today's Express, who link him with the £44 million purchase of Marco Reus. That would be a statement.

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