Liverpool hoped their big summer of spending to replace an expensive La Liga bound star would be different from Tottenham's.
And so far it is. It's just not as good.
That says a lot considering Tottenham's spree landed up with Andre Villas-Boas fired, and the team going backwards, finishing sixth instead of fifth.
Liverpool's may not cost Brendan Rodgers his job, but so far the drop-off is more stark, with it looking impossible already for them to challenge for the title as they did last season.
What Tottenham also have - is one star who has broken out and looks like the top class player he was intended to be, and that's Christian Eriksen.
It may be a woeful success rate of one of seven signings, but so far none of Liverpool's have shown the same signs.
Naturally Eriksen has had 12 months more than any of Liverpool's summer additions, but at this stage last season he already looked like a wise buy.
None of Liverpool's attackers, Adam Lallana or Lazar Markovic have yet to convince - and improvements against Bournemouth are no barometer of success.
Mario Balotelli has been as disaster, while the defenders brought in have been error-prone, especially Dejan Lovren. Emre Can has potential, but has not been played regularly enough to show it.
While Tottenham's spending was poorly managed, at least they can point to Eriksen - who has scored more goals than any midfielder in 2014 - as a success story.
At Liverpool, whether anybody will step up will be another matter, and it remains to be seen who, but if they can get one or two as successful or more so than Eriksen, focus can move away from the under-performance of the others.