A lot of Liverpool fans will be excited by their start. Brendan Rodgers will have expected to beat Aston Villa and Stoke, but a victory over Manchester United will have amplified expectations on Merseyside.
They are bankers for a top-six spot but it still remains a question of whether they finish fourth, fifth or sixth.
Chelsea and Manchester City are almost certainties for the top three and Tottenham, who finished 11 points clear of the Reds last season, have, despite the loss of Gareth Bale, dramatically improved the quality of their squad.
Of course, it is a matter of how well Spurs gel. They will have to ensure that they get quality service to Roberto Soldado, who will score goals. Whether Erik Lamela or Christian Eriksen can provide that level of service, only time will tell.
That leaves Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool.
United have some great qualities. David de Gea, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic provide a solid base; and in Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie they have two of the league’s exceptional talents.
But they are desperately lacking in central midfield, and don’t look like creating chances – with yesterday a case in point. They don't look a great team.
In the second-half, United pressed but it was far from an onslaught and Liverpool looked comfortable – they looked defensively sound while United failed to capitalise on their superior second-half possession.
There has been much talk surrounding Arsenal’s transfer dealings this window. Even if they do add Mesut Ozil, then their starting XI is obviously strong but the lack of depth in the squad worries me.
Liverpool have signed well. Obviously, Kolo Toure and Simon Mignolet were well-equipped to make a solid start and while Iago Aspas has, arguably, disappointed, that’s the position in which Luis Suarez is expected to play once he returns.
The two defensive signings are very promising for Liverpool, and Victor Moses will provide depth to Liverpool's attack.
Suarez made it obvious he wanted to leave to play Champions League football but he probably sat in at Anfield yesterday impressed by what he saw – and might now very well be thinking "let’s give this a go". Suarez – like all players – will be thinking what he can add to the team. And with his 25 goals they should be very, very close to the top four.
He only knows one way of playing, which is flat out at 100 per cent. He absolutely loves playing, so his return should be a smooth one despite what’s gone on this summer.
Additionally, not being in Europe this season is a huge advantage. Arsenal were rightly lauded for their charge to the top four during the latter part of last season but once they were knocked out of the Champions League they only had the league to concentrate on while Spurs were battling on two fronts.
This could play a huge part in the battle for the top four. Liverpool, like Arsenal, have a strong starting XI but when you look at their squad – they had Brad Jones and six youngsters on the bench yesterday – it begins to look a little threadbare.
The current squad is not capable of playing 60 games in a season, but, crucially, they won’t have to.
Of course, so much is dependent on maintaining this good start. As long as Liverpool are in touching distance of the top four then they should be able to hang on to Suarez throughout the January window, and they can push on form there.