Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert is Chief Sportswriter at The Independent.

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Manuel Pellegrini was critical of his captain's decision-making (Getty)

Manchester City vs Arsenal: Manuel Pellegrini calls into question Vincent Kompany's role in defeat

City were sloppy in possession and struggled to locate Sergio Aguero

Kevin Pietersen of the Stars bats during the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Stars and the Melbourne Renegades

Kevin Pietersen to make England return? Sport needs its outrageous individuals – and England need Kevin Pietersen

COMMENT: There are too many offended people for Pietersen to go back to England now, of course.

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

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