Pep Guardiola hits back at Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp's 'Rocky Balboa' jibe

Willian wore the captain's armband for Chelsea against Lyon

Willian wore the captain's armband for Chelsea against Lyon

"It is hard to win every game, if we see how Wolves, Fulham or Everton act, they are all ambitious". It is really hard, but it's not only hard for us.

"We will see, we have not big issues but we have these little things where we have to think about if it's a risk or not and if it's a risk do we take it or not and all that stuff".

"It is about how we deliver and how we fight against the other Premier League teams". After an impressive pre-season, the Bolton-born defender could now make his competitive debut.

He told the club's official website on the back of sizeable investment under new boss Manuel Pellegrini: "The club is doing well with improvements in all the areas, in the team, but also in all the staff they have brought in with the manager".

"We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago".

"We didn't reach anything so far".

Chicharito added: "The manager called me before the World Cup because he knew my situation was hard at the end of last season, and he made me feel very good". "Let's go for it until we have no more air or oxygen, really go for it". We only did finals. We were in finals, yes, but if we got to the final we should win it this time.

"We can't go there and only because we are Liverpool we will win the game there". In the league it's exactly the same. "We have to be like Rocky". Step by step, we have come closer.

West Ham fans have grown to be frustrated in recent years following false promises from the board, with boiling point reached in a defeat to Burnley earlier this year where some fans invaded the field to protest, but the owners have finally put their money where their mouth is. Trent, a bit longer in, which is good; [Henderson] in and full of power, but not too long in - three or four days - but it's Hendo so you always think about him.

"Ragnar, no real chance, he didn't train".

Klopp said the team needed to improve at both ends of the pitch if they are to make a genuine title challenge and not end up as last season - finishing fourth 25 points adrift of City.

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