Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert is Chief Sportswriter at The Independent.

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool transfer news: Give me the tools and I will make club great again, says Brendan Rodgers

Manager calls for backing in transfer market, despite spending over £210m since taking charge in 2012

Rodgers’ Liverpool future rests on him persuading his club’s owners to abandon the idea they are smarter than the rest

Brendan Rodgers needs golden touch in the summer transfer market

The time for buying potential, not proven talent, is over if Liverpool are to make the step up

Manchester City hopes of Champions League glory harmed as they sink to Uefa’s third tier

Etihad club could share group with Bayern and Real next season – and United and Arsenal also suffer after poor campaigns

Surrey player Kevin Pietersen makes his way to the wicket during day one off the LV County Championships Division Two match between Glamorgan and Surrey

Ian Herbert: The Ashes will demand something special – like Kevin Pietersen, perhaps

COMMENT: It feels as if this Ashes summer will be about preserving dignity and avoiding a whitewash

Manchester City players celebrate going 1-0 up

Sport and politics: how Twitter has changed the rules

For years almost everyone in British sport hated talking about politics. But this general election may be seeing the dawn of a new era – with at least some sports people only too happy to engage politically

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho gestures to referee Mark Clattenburg

Chelsea vs Manchester United: Why Blues are the least popular team in the league

The manager’s confrontational style coupled with his reversion to a functional style of football has won few friends

Manchester City vs West Ham: Manuel Pellegrini’s hopes of arresting slide hit by Vincent Kompany injury

City captain could miss the rest of the campaign due to a groin injury

Rooney subsequently said on the club’s in-house TV station that he would never have signed for City

Manchester United transfer news: Glazer family were convinced Wayne Rooney would move to rivals Manchester City

New behind-the-scenes book on Glazer family's time at Old Trafford reveals club's concerns over striker

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Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
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Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
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China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
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Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
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The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

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Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before