In taking three points off a top-four rival in their own backyard, Liverpool’s start to the season couldn’t have gone much better.
The Reds beat Arsenal 4-3 at the Emirates, prompting bookies to revise their odds for Champions League qualification, which shortened to 4/5 following the result.
From the perspective of everyone unconcerned with the Gunners’ best interests, the match was a spectacular one and was littered with similarities to Liverpool’s 2013/14 campaign.
That season saw the Merseysiders come closer than ever before to winning the Premier League title, though they had to settle for second after a couple of calamities in the final throes.
Under Brendan Rodgers, they reintroduced the midfield diamond from the tactical-models-of-old archive to great effect and played a gung-ho brand of football that seemed to regard all aspects of the game, aside from scoring as many goals as possible, with contempt.
They found the net 101 times en route to claiming the silver medal, eclipsing their previous best seasonal haul of 77, but were ultimately undone by a leaky defence.
Seven rivals performed better at the back in 13/14, with the Reds leaking 50 goals in total.
Over the course of that campaign, Liverpool were involved in three matches containing seven or more goals, while they featured in a staggering 13 that saw the net bulge at least five times.
Their high-octane attacking against Arsenal was as commendable as their defending was, at times, comedic and the performance certainly echoed many of the traits displayed three seasons back, even down to some of the finer details.
Like Philippe Coutinho, a South American scoring the bulk of their goals in north London as Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez did across 13/14.
A significant difference from that team to the modern-day edition is the manager. Rodgers arrived at Anfield with no trophy-winning track record, but Jurgen Klopp is well-versed in the art of silverware hoisting having claimed three prestigious pots in his career to date, including two league titles.
It’s 13/2 that he carries them over the line this term.