The Wimbledon striker, Akinfenwa begged Steven Gerrard to stay at Anfield after the Liverpool captain single-handedly ended AFC Wimbledon’s hopes of an upset.
It was a match in which fourth-tier Wimbledon threatened a shock akin to the 1988 FA Cup final as Akinfenwa cancelled out Gerrard’s early header.
The Dons had chances to pull ahead at Kingsmeadow, only for the Liverpool captain to extinguish hopes of an upset by curling home a free-kick to secure a 2-1 win.
“But I guess Steven Gerrard is Steven Gerrard. Two moments of magic is all I can really remember, which won them the game” he added.
But one of the highlights of his career, the burly striker even got Gerrard’s shirt, a moment he used to plead with his idol to stay at Liverpool.
“I said ‘Don’t go, man — look, I will tell you this now, I am a fan, don’t go. I was just like ‘Don’t go, man’ and he just smiled it off and that” said Akinfenwa
Akinfenwa knows, though, that his words will have done little to change Gerrard’s mind.Instead, he hopes the midfielder ends his time at Anfield by winning a third FA Cup on what will be his 35th birthday this May.