Liverpool took a huge step towards a first league title in 30 years by beating defending champions Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday to open up an eight-point lead at the top of the table.
Lionel Messi made it clear he is fit and back to his scintillating best by tearing apart Real Valladolid on Tuesday in a thumping 5-1 victory for Barcelona.
At around 2am on Saturday morning Liverpool will play Norwich City in the opening game of the new Premier League.
Coach Pep Guardiola warned Leroy Sane on Wednesday that he only wants to keep players at Manchester City who are happy at the club as Bayern Munich lurk for the exciting winger.
If you look hard enough in the vaults of YouTube, you will find a video from around 1996 of a young looking Harry Redknapp and an even younger looking Frank Lampard.
Rafa Benitez is a complex character. Those who have played for the Spaniard describe him as cold, calculated and methodical.