Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert is Chief Sportswriter at The Independent.

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Marouane Fellaini scores United's first goal of the game

Mario Balotelli: Liverpool striker's backstory suggests he be given benefit of the doubt

It is depressing that Balotelli retransmits messages such as this and Liverpool should fine the striker two weeks’ wages... but that should be that

Steven Gerrard will turn 35 next May, and Liverpool are again leaving it late in tying their captain to to a new contract

Liverpool accept Steven Gerrard could quit Anfield for a fresh challenge

Rodgers reveals captain has yet to agree contract offer and admits he may leave for personal rather than football reasons

Steven Gerrard and his manager Brendan Rodgers talk tactics

Ian Herbert: Isn’t it time for Steven Gerrard to break free of Liverpool ball and chain?

Captain has given his career to chasing down club’s glorious past but there’s life beyond Liverpool if he can learn to let go

Louis van Gaal insists midfielder Daley Blind will return sooner rather than later

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will not underestimate the FA Cup - like he did the League Cup

Dutch coach says the competition will be an 'important addition' to schedule

Massimo Cellino will be able to take charge of Leeds again on 18 March when his conviction is spent

Cellino will fight League ban while putting in proxy owners at Leeds

Cellino will be entitled to return to the club on 18 March next year when the conviction is spent under UK law

Steven Gerrard: Brendan Rodgers confirms Liverpool captain has been offered a new deal

Gerrard, 34, will be 'given time' to make his decision

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers looks on during the 2-2 draw with Ludogorets

Liverpool vs Stoke: Brendan Rodgers set to sacrifice style to get better results

Liverpool manager will make tactical changes to match his depleted squad

Nani celebrates after scoring for Sporting Lisbon in their Champions League tie against Maribor on Tuesday

Nani transfer: No future for winger at Sporting Lisbon as club cannot afford his wages when loan deal with Manchester United runs out

Despite becoming the outstanding player in the Portuguese League, the player says there are 'always possibilities' of a return to Old Trafford

Phil Hughes has died aged 25

Phil Hughes: Eager, friendly but also fallible - just like us

COMMENT: It is the vulnerability which went with all his feats that made him one of us

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee