What the Spurs fans, and Chairman Daniel Levy will not have expected is a Spurs performance just as bad as the 5-0 thrashing in December – which resulted in Villas-Boas' dismissal.
A new manager - a new approach - same result and boss, Tim Sherwood's pre-match admission that he was 'too scared' to watch footage of that 5-0 defeat suggests, in terms of preparation, he got what he deserved- nothing.
To visit Anfield with a wide open formation as Sherwood did is asking for trouble, especially when your defence has been creaking like the Cutty Sark in recent matches. Spurs asked to be sunk, and Liverpool obliged with a ruthless performance. The 4-0 score line could have been double, and Sherwood must bee under pressure for his job.
Meanwhile, whatever Liverpool go on to achieve this season there is no doubt their supporters believe the good times are on the way back. The team have been a constant source of pride and excitement and, in return, those who fill this venue on a regular basis have shown their backing in increasingly fervent fashion.
This was the second game in succession in which fans welcomed the team coach into the stadium with a corridor of roars and it was just like the old days thereafter, with the Kop awash with flags and banners prior to kick-off and a source of songs and cries of approval once play, and the goals, were under way. After years of rancour, Anfield is undeniably a happy place again.