Alex Ferguson has revealed his determination to ram home Manchester United's supremacy over Merseyside, declaring, in the course of expressing a hunger for a 20th title, that "it was Liverpool's time in the 80s -- it's our time now".
Ferguson has, in recent years, shied away from provocative comments about United's encroachment on, and eclipse of, Liverpool's 18-title record.
He has not reiterated his legendary desire to knock them off their perch, expressed when Alan Hansen -- a totem of 1980s Liverpool -- had made public his doubts about United's prospects of winning the 2003 title, which they duly did.
But the record 19th title -- the number is now nailed to the main Old Trafford entrance -- has removed the risk of hubris and the manager, who once declared that "life will change for Liverpool and everybody else -- dramatically" once United got going, has now described how it feels to have taken Liverpool's record. "This is a particularly special one because it means we've won the title more than anyone else," he said.
Ferguson reiterated that he was "looking at possibly a couple, maybe three, signings to boost the overall quality in the team."
However, it won't be all one-way traffic at Old Trafford during the summer and Sunderland will try to take Darron Gibson and Wes Brown if manager Steve Bruce can secure £20m from United for Jordan Henderson.
There is also a strong view from Portugal that Luis Nani, United's players' player of the year, has played his last game for the club.
Nani is only 18 months into a contract, though, and United may require a £20m offer to release him.
One solution could be that he heads to Internazionale as part of a deal that would bring Wesley Sneijder in the other direction if the Dutchman's wage demand of £175,000 per week is met.