Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert is Chief Sportswriter at The Independent.

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Mata heads United two-up in controversial circumstances

Manchester United 3 Liverpool 0 comment: Brendan Rodgers lacks cutting edge but real issues are in defence

If Skrtel is not a leader by now, then he never will be

Louis van Gaal speaks to the media at Friday's press conference

Louis van Gaal warns Paul Scholes over criticism of the Manchester United academy

Scholes wrote that rivals City had a more impressive youth set-up

Brendan Rodgers says he can help youngsters develop

Manchester United vs Liverpool: Liverpool's decline the more dramatic of fallen idols

Although Brendan Rodgers has more reasons to worry ahead of Old Trafford match, United have only just steadied the ship

Mario Balotelli: Liverpool striker accepts FA misconduct charge

Italian had re-communicated an image which included an anti-Semitic message

Steven Gerrard has his penalty saved by Portugal goalkeeper Ricardo in the 2006 World Cup quarter-final

Reddin works to open football's eyes to wider sporting horizon

The man who helped mastermind Team GB's 2012 Olympic glory and England’s 2003 rugby World Cup win wants to implement his ideas at Wembley in the hope of repeating the trick

Dave Reddin helped England to rugby World Cup victory

New FA leader Dave Reddin says English football is too insular

Former Olympic guru to tap into other elite sports to help achieve success

Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool must search for settled side amid mix of unhappy and unfit players after Champions League anti-climax

The Reds now face Europa League football on a Thursday night having failed to beat Basel at Anfield

Liverpool 1 Basel 1: Lazar Markovic red card leaves Brendan Rodger fuming and claiming Behrang Safari deserved to be sent off for theatrics

The substitute was sent off after making what appeared minimal contact with his opponent

Liverpool vs Basel match report: Lazar Markovic is sent off and Steven Gerrard free-kick isn't enough on night of red card and red faces at Anfield

Liverpool 1 Basel 1: Liverpool needed a win at Anfield to progress in the Champions League

Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling with Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool vs Basel: Raheem Sterling says 'in football nothing is certain' after difficult start to season

The Reds must win tonight to progress in the Champions League

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
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Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
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The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?