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The signing softens the blow for Kop boss Kenny Dalglish after he missed out on Blackburn's Phil Jones.
Simmons) and Bren (Allison Janney) they are to be grandparents, then softens the blow by revealing she intends to give the baby to childless couple Mark and Vanessa (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner).
Saints remain a point behind leaders Leeds and the second-row forward believes that fact alone softens the blow of bowing out of the cup.