Sport Robin van Persie celebrates his goal against Arsenal

The striker will play no part in the Netherlands' international friendlies against Chile and Germany after he was deemed unfit to compete

Aaron Ramsey, left, celebrates his second goal
Jonathan de Guzman

Jonathan de Guzman ruled out of Swansea opener following collision with Dirk Kuyt

The midfielder was on international duty when the injury occurred

Luis Suarez celebrates scoring Liverpool's first goal

Jack Pitt-Brooke: Luis Suarez's hard shift gives Liverpool wings against Arsenal

At heart he is a disrupter and a pest, a footballing teaser and taunter

Bert Van Marwijk's future is uncertain

'Holland are a joke': The view from the Netherlands following Euro 2012 exit

“Holland are a joke” is the headline in Volkskrant.

KENNY DALGLISH: The Liverpool manager thinks his team have been the victims of injustice

Dalglish: officials may spark conspiracy talk

Kenny Dalglish has called upon referees to start explaining their decisions, before Liverpool begin thinking they are victims of a conspiracy.

KENNY DALGLISH: The Liverpool manager thinks his team have been the victims of injustice

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish fears conspiracy talk over 'inexcusable' referees

Liverpool manager calls on officials to explain themselves after series of controversial decisions

De Gea: Liverpool nightmare has been the making of me

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea believes his error-strewn display against Liverpool in the FA Cup has been the making of him as he gets to grips with life in England.

Last Night's Viewing: Dirk Gently, BBC4
The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff, BBC2
Watson & Oliver, BBC2

How much plot can a comedy sustain before it starts to get stodgy? Obviously, the answer to this question is going to vary (last night offered two comedies that made that very clear), but to my mind the ratio between narrative scaffolding and comic liberty needs to be pretty tight. Let the storytelling get out of hand and, unless the plot itself is a wellspring of hilarity, you may be left with the sense that there's not quite enough sauce to cover the meat. You prepared for a poussin and suddenly there's a 20lb turkey on the table and it's dry going. Dirk Gently is a good case in point. Nothing wrong with the sauce, which includes two very fine comic actors in Stephen Mangan and Darren Boyd and some nice moments from Howard Overman's script. It's just that those qualities in the end spread a little too thinly over a nonsensical thriller plot.

Robben fires home the Netherlands winner

Same old anxieties cloud over Pearce's new dawn

England 2 Netherlands 3

Liverpool progress as Brighton self-destruct

Liverpool 6 Brighton 1

Jamie Carragher insists Brighton will be a tough test as Liverpool seek a place in FA Cup quarter-finals

Carragher primed for 'massive' Brighton test

The Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is ignoring the odds ahead of Sunday's FA Cup fifth-round tie with Brighton and expects another tough test against the Championship side.

Referee Andre Marriner steps in as Luis Suarez (left) and Patrice Evra argue at Anfield in October

A great rivalry that turned into a racist rant

Shocking revelations describe in damning detail an exchange between old foes that will go down in the game's annals of infamy

Carroll has found goals hard to come by in 2011

Dalglish's dogma needs Carroll to give it legs

Liverpool manager keeps defending £35m signing – but it's time striker started scoring

Dirk Kuyt is optimistic Liverpool can return to the Champions League

Dirk Kuyt upbeat on Liverpool hopes after Manchester City draw

Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt believes their performances against the top sides have improved their chances of regaining Champions League football.

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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

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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’

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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