Sport In a stew: Downing is counting on a Cup win to build confidence

Being known as a "Cup team" is a mixed compliment, implying the ability to raise your game for one-off occasions, but never to sustain it. If Wigan Athletic, FA Cup winners relegated within a week, are newcomers to the genre, West Ham United have been at it rather longer.

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

Steven Gerrard

Brendan Rodgers issues warning to young Liverpool players

Fringe players failed to impress in 3-2 defeat to Oldham

Steven Gerrard

'I can't rely on Steven Gerrard for 70 games': Brendan Rodgers calls on Liverpool players to take responsibility

Premier League side were beaten by League One Oldham in the FA Cup

Mansfield handed a painful lesson in injustice by Suarez

Next to Mansfield Town's ground is a shop called Dreams which has a sign announcing its closure. It was a metaphor of sorts. They were wild, improbable dreams, and Mansfield lost gloriously and controversially.

Match Report: Mansfield Town handed a hard lesson in injustice by Liverpool's Luis Suarez

Mansfield Town 1 Liverpool 2: Stags' dreams are cruelly broken after controversial goal breaks fans' hearts

Suarez the flawed genius puts on a superb show

There has always been something of the revivalist preacher about Brendan Rodgers and it seemed last night that his future might just work.

Christian Benteke celebrates a late winner against Reading

Christian Benteke going nowhere insists Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert

£8m signing has been sensational

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez

Premier League: Liverpool v Aston Villa match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Anfield

The Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, congratulates Jordan Henderson last night

Henderson makes mark as Liverpool survive scare

Udinese 0 Liverpool 1

Jose Enrique

Brendan Rodgers defends changes to Liverpool team

Liverpool have struggled for goals beyond Luis Suarez

Brilliant Bale makes difference for Spurs

For as long as Gareth Bale plays like this, Tottenham have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League. Spurs climbed to fifth place last night after overcoming Liverpool in a thrilling game. Both teams impressed with their pace and commitment to attack but it was Bale, with an assist, a goal and terrifying excellence, who made the difference. He even scored Liverpool's goal.

Gareth Bale scores Tottenham’s second goal last night
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Andre Wisdom returns for Liverpool ahead of Tottenham clash

Premier League team news

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott

Liverpool will have transfer funds in January, but a move for Theo Walcott is played down

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said funds will be available in January to strengthen his squad, although played down the mounting speculation that he will be making a move for Arsenal winger Theo Walcott.

Joe Allen with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Swansea fans owe Joe Allen respect says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Swansea fans have no reason to begrudge midfielder Joe Allen his move to Anfield.

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The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?