A week ago, Wigan manager Roberto Martinez complained that his team lost 3-1 at White Hart Lane not because the Tottenham side they faced was a vastly superior team, but because of the transfer window.
If that's the case (it's not), then Mick McCarthy and Wolverhampton must have faltered under the pressure of January as well. They lost 3-0 to a Liverpool team that surely had no transfer speculation whatsoever to deal with.
But now that the nauseating high school-caliber gossip of the January transfer window has (thankfully) ended, Wigan can focus on their quest for relegation and the rest of England can focus on playing football.
And while a win is a win, both Tottenham and Liverpool will have to forget their romps against the lesser sides. They can expect a more steadfast challenge on Monday when Spurs travel to Anfield in the return fixture of their September 14th matchup.
Monday's match is certainly not as high profile as the one that precedes it (Manchester United's miracle comeback at Chelsea for those who missed it). But it is every bit as relevant in both the title hunt and the fight for fourth.
The Anfield faithful will be baying for Lilywhite blood as they look to avenge the 4-0 thrashing they received in London, while Kenny Dalglish and Co. will look to continue their uphill battle to secure European football of any kind. The Red half of Merseyside has experienced a roller-coaster season and a win against Tottenham could help to steady them.
For Tottenham, the match is an opportunity to crawl two points closer to second-placed Manchester United, whose spirited effort against the Blues ultimately saw them lose ground in the title hunt. It's also a chance to continue a stellar run against the Reds.
So with that said, here are five predictions for the Tottenham's trip to Liverpool.