The Beast swapped shirts with the Liverpool skipper following defeat for Wimbledon.
17 stone man mountain Adebayo Akinfenwa has demanded Steven Gerrard reconsider his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season and stay at Anfield.
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The claimed to be strongest footballer in the world scored for AFC Wimbledon in the League Two side’s narrow 2-1 defeat to the Reds and swapped shirts with the skipper after the match.
And Akinfenwa has now admitted he begged his Kop idol to stay at Liverpool one more season.
Without Gerrard in the side, Akinfenwa insists Brendan Rodgers men wouldn’t have been victims of a giant killing.
“I got his shirt and I told him ‘Don’t go, man. I will tell you this now, I am a fan – please don’t go!’,” admitted the man nicknamed ‘The Beast’ reports the Daily Mirror.
“I didn’t warn him because I’ve got too much respect for him – I was just like ‘don’t go, man’ and he just smiled it off.”
Gerrard scored twice in his side’s 2-1 win in the FA Cup third round. If Liverpool progressed to the final of the competition, the match would fall on Gerrard’s 35th January allowing a sentimental end to such an influential and major Liverpool career.
Akinfenwa says this would be the perfect way to go out: “Next season he is going to be a massive miss for them, but I truly hope and pray that he lifts the FA Cup on his 35th birthday.
“Then we would be able to say that the team that beat us are the ones that won it.”
With a man who can reportedly be up to 180 kilograms demanding he reconsider his LA Galaxy move, perhaps Gerrard should cancel his proposed MLS move in the interest of safety.