Both Liverpool and Manchester United spent plenty of money this summer strengthening their squads ahead of the new campaign. For Liverpool it was essential after the departure of star player Luis Suarez whereas for United it was essential after a woeful 2013-14.
And for both clubs the crosshairs quickly focused on Southampton - especially at Liverpool.
United snapped up Luke Shaw from the South Coast club while Brendan Rodgers and co swooped in on St Marys and took away the likes of Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana - leaving a shell behind.
But Southampton have revelled with their new arrivals and are currently second in the Premier League, while Liverpool and United are struggling to get into gear for the new season.
And a Southampton legend has now been talking about the chances of these two sides. Matt Le Tissier is simply a deity like figure around Southampton and he believes that the club which took away three of their most important players will be found wanting in their pursuit of Champions League football for next season. He told the Daily Star:
"Chelsea and Man City will be the top two one way or the other. I tipped City at the start of the season but Chelsea have looked the stronger side at the moment, although there's a long way to go.
"I think Arsenal will be third and I still think Manchester United for fourth. It may take a few weeks for them to click but when they do they will be formidable. I think Liverpool will struggle to get into the top four."
While this desire to place Liverpool out of the top four could reside from some form of bitter inner conflict from the man who personifies Southampton FC based on the start they have had to the season it is hard not to agree with Le Tiss, Liverpool will certainly struggle to make it into the top four this season.