That debate must wait until at least the next transfer window before finding a winner, of course, as Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Lazar Markovic, Dejan Lovren, Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno look to prove themselves at Anfield.
Add Divock Origi into that equation, sent back on loan to Lille for the season to continue his footballing development, and we could be waiting a while to accurately determine the extent of this summer's success.
Nevertheless, over £100 million (and counting) has been spent to improve the team from the heroes of last season.
Brendan Rodgers rightly told the press before Liverpool's first game of the new campaign that what happened last season—the 11-game unbeaten run; the relentless march up the table to be title contenders—is in the past. Per This Is Anfield:
What happened last season counts for nothing. It’s a new, long, hard season, but an exciting one with the belief of the group of players.
Our league objective is to finish in the top four, then we can look beyond that.
However, with just over a week left until Sky Sports reporters are mobbed by truanting children and tell us the window has "slammed shut," Liverpool could still do some fine-tuning to their team.
That starts with Mario Balotelli's imminent signing.