The spectre of Spurs’ post-Gareth Bale sale squad-harmony suicide shopping spree is currently haunting Liverpool fans as the club goes about its summer business.
Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic have already arrived for a combined outlay of more than £50m.
Meanwhile dealings over Dejan Lovren, Divock Origi and Loic Remy are on-going.
Yet there is evidence to suggest that the message of prudence imparted by the icy temperatures, trails of ectoplasm and anguished “oooooooooohs” that denote its presence has been heeded by the Anfield transfer committee.
Lambert, Lallana, Lovren and Remy are proven practitioners in English football.
Of the seven players the Lilywhites bought up last summer, precisely none had had any prior experience of playing in England.
The vast majority of Brendan Rodgers’ targets, on the other hand, have already shone in the sphere in which they’ll be plying their trade next season.
Markovic has arrived from a renowned breeding ground of Premier League success stories.
If you’re going to bring in players yet to show they can perform, then Benfica, the club that schooled David Luiz, Ramires and Nemanja Matic under Jorge Jesus’ watchful eye, is a relatively risk-free proposition.
Their acquisitions have been staggered across the transfer window.
As opposed to Spurs’ spasmodic late-August splash out, Liverpool acquired their four signings to date three days into the World Cup.
Divock Origi is expected to spend next season on loan at Lille.
Buys with the future in mind were conspicuously absent on Tottenham’s binge.
With the deal for the Belgian likely to include a year back at his alma mater, there will be neither pressure on him to shine straight away, nor pressure on Rodgers to play the teenager.
Liverpool are 7/10 fifth-favourites for a top-four finish in 2014/15, with the Lilywhites next in the betting at 3/1.