EXCLUSIVE: Skrtel and Lovren beware, Akinfenwa is coming for you!

FA Cup

AFC Wimbledon's Adebayo Akinfenwa has warned Liverpool defenders Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren et al that he has them in his FA Cup sights.

Adebayo Akinfenwa

Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sako are experienced international performers who have graced the very top of their chosen profession and faced a number of different challenges along the way.

They are, however, unlikely to have come across anything quite like Adebayo Akinfenwa.

‘The Beast’ has them in his sights, though, and is determined to make his mark on AFC Wimbledon’s FA Cup third round clash with Liverpool on Monday night.

The Dons, who famously stunned the Reds in the 1988 final, are looking to making a visit to Kingsmeadow as uncomfortable as possible for their Premier League opponents.

Akinfenwa will be a talismanic figure for Neal Ardley’s side leading that particular charge, and he has warned the Reds’ travelling defensive unit that he intends to make them fully aware of his presence.

Akinfenwa, who enjoys cult status among football fans as the strongest player in EA SPORTS FIFA 15, told HITC Sport: “Hopefully I can get at least one 50-50 with at least one of them – shoulder-barge time. That’s what I’m hoping for.

“More than anything, I’m just looking forward to this game, just for the mere fact that it’s Liverpool. I’m a boyhood Liverpool fan so this is one of my dreams come true. But as soon as that whistle goes, I’ve played and scored against Liverpool and played and beat Liverpool before. I’m just looking forward to the game.”

The burly 32-year-old forward has previously crossed Liverpool’s path while on the books of Northampton Town, but there are not too many set to line-up alongside him on Monday that have experienced such an occasion.

AFC Wimbledon as a club have never been so firmly fixed under the spotlight either.

The tale of how they emerged from the wreckage of a move to Milton Keynes for the original Dons back in 2002 is a true footballing fairytale and everyone connected with the club is having to pinch themselves as they prepare to hit a new high.

Akinfenwa added: “100 per cent. Any time Liverpool come to town, they are a massive club, one of the biggest in Europe. For us as a League Two club, it’s massive.

“It’s remarkable for AFC Wimbledon, being reformed 13 years ago to now being a few points off the play-offs, third round of the FA Cup and playing Liverpool. It is a beautiful story and if we can put the icing cake, that would be a beautiful thing.”

It certainly would.

Daring to dream is what the FA Cup is all about and few would begrudge the Dons another 15 minutes of fame if they can secure the most memorable of scalps when a top-flight superpower rolls into south London.

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