Liverpool left their rivals in their wake last season, leading from the second weekend to be crowned champions at the finish.
In fact this time last term, they were already eight points clear of their closest challenger.
But the early indications are that things will be very different in 2020/21.
The top six teams are separated by just three points, the smallest gap ever after eight rounds of Premier League matches.
It is also only the fourth time in the competition's history that all teams have tasted defeat this early in a season.
The close nature of this season's title race was evident as the lead changed hands three times in Matchweek 8.
And, perhaps surprisingly, all of the clubs who spent time in the No 1 spot over last weekend finished outside the top four last season.
Sixth-placed Aston Villa are yet to hold the No 1 position but they have a match in hand.
The fierce competition at the summit is set to continue immediately after the international break as two of the top three sides go head-to-head, with Leicester visiting Liverpool.
Meanwhile, second-placed Spurs host Man City, who are six points off the top but have their match in hand against Villa.