Liverpool picked up the baton that carried them to second place last season when they stylishly and systematically defeated Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 today, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.
As they were in December 2013 on their last journey to White Hart Lane, the Reds were efficiently brilliant in London to claim a second victory in three Barclays Premier League games.
Raheem Sterling started the scoring after just eight minutes, laying a foundation for Steven Gerrard to score a second from 12 yards and Alberto Moreno to hit a piledriver third.
Rodgers was hugely satisfied with his team's display against Spurs and, following the final whistle, revealed that the performance was reminiscent of what unfolded in 2013-14.
"We were excellent," the boss told reporters. "It was a brilliant win at a difficult place to come. It was a great win for us, two out of three now, and I'm reasonably happy.
"They have started well and Mauricio [Pochettino] is an excellent coach; given a bit of time to get a philosophy in place, he'll do very well here.
"We have risen to every challenge since we have been here. It was the same last year - will we score enough goals and how can we improve?
"The beauty of this group is that they're very hungry. We lost the game the other night and the last 10 minutes sort of petered away from us; we played with 10 men and didn't have the impact we would have liked in the final part of the game.
"So we lost the game and then we come to a team that has started well, having won two league games. We showed today that we're a very good side.
"We played very well and probably clicked back into where we were last season - which was great to see. Hopefully people enjoyed watching us as well."
Sterling registered the opener with a smart conversion at the back post to capitalise on incisive approach play by teammates Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson.
The 19-year-old should really have had another when he danced through the Tottenham defence but fluffed the finish. But Rodgers was again effusive in his praise for the forward.
He said: "He needs to be better on his left foot! It was a wonderful bit of skill, he came inside with a great touch of the ball and I think he was caught in two minds.
"He was going to toe-poke first with his right foot then he tried to work it onto his left side and didn't quite finish it. But he was fantastic today again and got another goal.
"His pressure and tactical awareness in the game is improving and, for a kid of 19, he has been great. He's flexible - we've tried to develop him to be able to not only be a wide player, but to have the freedom and awareness to play on the inside.
"It was perfect for him today. From the inside, he can get turned, he can press and he can work. Then when we went to 4-3-3, he went onto the side of the field and he's got that pace to penetrate in behind.
"It's important for me that they have the intelligence to play in a number of positions and I think he is developing that well."
Gerrard's successful spot-kick four minutes into the second half gave Liverpool crucial comfort in the scoreline, stemming the hosts' ambitions of a comeback.
It also took the captain onto 43 penalties scored for the club, taking outright top spot on that particular list in the history books ahead of former midfielder Jan Molby.
"Jan Molby is a legend at Liverpool, an incredible technician and wonderful player," Rodgers added. "Stevie showed great composure again.
"He controlled that zone in front of the back four really well and you saw the quality in his passing today. He has got good legs and energy around him and he is dictating the game from behind.
"He is a brilliant player and it was a good performance from him."