Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert is Chief Sportswriter at The Independent.

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Alexis Sanchez has proved a wonderful signing for Arsenal and Arsène Wenger (left)

Manchester City vs Arsenal preview: Can Alexis Sanchez turn the tide that has flowed against Arsenal for so long?

City wanted Chilean striker but Wenger has him and will hope he can lead his side to a rare victory in Manchester

Radamel Falcao (left) and Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal raps Radamel Falcao agent Jorge Mendes for 'unhelpful' comments

Mendes said Falcao would make the starting line-up of any other club in world

Radamel Falcao with Louis van Gaal

Manchester United transfer news: Louis van Gaal says '£95m' Radamel Falcao must prove himself just like all the others

Van Gaal also reveals that Robin van Persie is a doubt for this weekend's clash with QPR

Daniel Sturridge trains at Melwood yesterday as he continues his recovery from injury

Brendan Rodgers begs Liverpool fans to 'be realistic' about Daniel Sturridge's return

The England striker has not played since a 3-0 win at Tottenham in August

Anfield before kick-off

Liverpool's US owners plan stadium sign that will put Manchester United's in the shade

Liverpool’s American owners are considering creating an iconic exterior sign on the club’s new Main Stand, marking out Anfield as home to “The Liverpool Football Club”, The Independent understands.

Cristian Montano playing for Oxford United in 2012

More woe for Oldham as sacked player plans to sue for £100,000

Exclusive: Winger Cristian Montano considers action for wrongful dismissal after match-fixing charges against him are dropped

Brendan Rodgers (left) and Mario Balotelli

Brendan Rodgers: Mario Balotelli will not be going anywhere in this transfer window

The £16m has yet to open his Premier League account for Liverpool

A proposed rear view of the Anfield Main Stand

Liverpool stadium: Anfield club expect to match Chelsea in match-day revenue when their expanded new stand opens next year

Liverpool remain a huge distance behind Manchester United and Arsenal in terms of match-day revenues

Radamel Falcao

Manchester United vs Southampton: Radamel Falcao absence casts doubt over future at Old Trafford

Falcao has scored three goals after an outlay of around £20m

Oldham Manager Lee Johnson

Ched Evans: Oldham return to struggle for survival as harsh glare of spotlight fades

The League One outfit had been on the verge of signing the convicted rapist

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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
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness