Steven Gerrard: Liverpool legend's brilliance summed up in epic Adebayo Akinfenwa story

Steven Gerrard in action for Liverpool vs AFC Wimbledon in 2015

Adebayo Akinfenwa has told a brilliant story where Steven Gerrard apologised to him before scoring a free-kick winner.

On January 5, 2015, AFC Wimbledon welcomed Liverpool to Kingsmeadow for their FA Cup third round clash.

Gerrard was in the starting lineup for The Reds and he put in an imperious display in south-west London.

Gerrard netted the opener for the Reds after 12 minutes.

AFC Wimbledon came roaring back and levelled proceedings through Akinfenwa just before half-time.

But Gerrard scored what turned out to be the winner in the 62nd minute.

Steven Gerrard in action for Liverpool vs AFC Wimbledon in 2015
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Liverpool were given a free-kick just outside the box and Gerrard curled the ball beautifully into the top corner, breaking AFC Wimbledon hearts in the process.

View highlights of the match below… (Gerrard’s free-kick at 1:57)

Seven years on and Akinfenwa has now told a brilliant story where Gerrard actually apologised to him moments before netting the winner.

Speaking to William Hill’s Stripped podcast, Akinfenwa said: “People ask who the best player I’ve played against is. It’s Stevie G. And not just because he is my idol, it’s because, 20 minutes into that game [AFC Wimbledon 1-2 Liverpool], it looked like he had just decided, ‘I’m bored now, let’s go and score.’

“He picked the ball up on the halfway line, put it out wide, got in the box and headed it in. That’s what it felt like.

“Later Stevie had a free-kick, and as I walked past him, as he’s putting the ball down he says, ‘sorry big man.’ I look at him like whatever. He puts the ball down and bends it over the wall. The second goal of the game, they win 2-1, and I miss the chance to go back to Anfield.”

(Story at 43:23 in below video)

Imagine being so good you just know you are going to score while standing over a set-piece.

Akinfenwa managed to get Gerrard’s shirt after the game and he revealed the lengths he went to ensure he did.

He continued: “I told everyone that I was going to get Gerrard’s shirt. I loved my Wimbledon team-mates but I threatened them. I won’t sugar-coat it. I said, ‘if any of you ask for Stevie G’s shirt, there’s going to be a problem.’ I played with Joe Allen at Swansea, who was at Liverpool at the time, so I gave him a call and arranged it prior.

“I said, ‘tell Stevie that the big man wants his shirt.’ And he text me back saying: ‘Stevie says he’s got you.’ I told the Wimbledon boys it will be a straight-up misunderstanding if you take his shirt. But Stevie was a man of his word and we embraced afterwards, and then I showed the world that he gave it to me.”

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